Cuban Intelligence Imprisons Activist, Threatens to Destroy Opposition Movement

By: Karina Martín - May 31, 2017, 4:08 pm
The Cuban activist is detained despite her precarious health condition. (Twitter)

Tension between Cuban activists and the island’s law enforcement spiked this week after a State Security agent allegedly threatened to destroy a prominent opposition movement.

Cuban activist Joanna Columbié said a State Security agent threatened to “destroy” the Cuban opposition group she is associated with, “Somos + (We Are More). The agent, identified only as “Leandro,” said Saturday, May 27 that he would ensure the organization’s demise with the next few days.

Leader of Somos+ Eliécer Ávila said the agent told Columbié that she would be “processed” because the government is tired of the organization and its participation in #Otro18, a platform that organizes citizen proposals for new electoral laws.

Columbié, who is currently a political prisoner, undergoes frequent interrogation, according to Roxana Arias, another member of the organization. She said Columbié was taken to an infirmary last Sunday, May 28 due to pain in her kidneys. Despite the pain, she received no medical treatment.



Arias also said during her visits, she noticed that Columbié “was not eating much” and that “the heat in the prison was horrible.”

According to local media, Columbié suffers from diabetes, asthma and hypertension, and when her mother, who lives in Santiago, called the prison to verify her health, she was told that everyone had the right to have family members call “except her,” which was as a consequence of “not having educated her daughter properly.”

Somos + has already released a statement saying that the regime will not be able to defeat the opposition movement building steam on the island, or crush Columbié’s spirit.

Sources: Cubanet; 14ymedio.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Argentine Intellectual Calls on Maduro to “Crush” Protests with the Military

By: Marcelo Duclos - May 31, 2017, 3:31 pm
Argentine Chavez enthusiast Atilio Boron has called for a brutal military crackdown on the Venezuelan opposition (

Español Argentine writer and intellectual Atilio Borón is no stranger to Chavismo. He has visited Venezuela several times, and met on several occasions with Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, as well as being awarded and recognized by the regime for his contributions to Latin American "critical thinking". The current crisis in Venezuela has generated several reactions and strategies on the part of Chavismo spokesmen in Argentina. In some cases it has been chosen to hold the opposition and the demonstrators responsible for chaos, and in others it has sought to minimize and conceal what has actually happened. Atilio Boron took another path: to recognize the disaster of what he called a "civil war" and to ask the government and the armed forces to "militarily crush" those who demonstrate against the government. Read More: Day 60 of Protests in Venezuela: Tear Gas Breaks Up Opposition March Against Killings, Repression Read More: Venezuelan National Assembly Rips Goldman Sachs for Putting Profits Ahead of Principles In his article "Venezuela and the Civil War" he warns: "There is very little time, mere days, to eradicate this mortal threat. The absolute and criminal intransigence of the terrorist opposition closes any other path than that of its complete and definitive military defeat." For the Argentine writer, the government of Nicolás Maduro has a single "sensible and rational attitude" that remains: "To proceed to the defense of the current institutional order and to mobilize without delay the whole of its armed forces to crush the counterrevolution." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); In the opinion of Borón the fire at Chavez's birthplace has now represented that the window of opportunity for dialogue has closed: "If one was unable to perceive the unprecedented gravity of the situation and the determination of the seditious forces to consummate their designs to its final consequences, the emblematic fire at the birthplace of Commander Hugo Chávez Frías painfully put an end to any speculation about the opposition's intentions." The writer's article leaves no doubt about the position he recommends that Maduro adopt: "Unfortunately now it's up to you to call the army to arms."

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