2012 was a brutal year for Cuba as incessant waves of repression unleashed by the Castro dictatorship swept over the island. According to independent figures coming from the island, 2012 brought a 60% increase in political arrests over the previous year. Even more troubling is compared to 2010, this past year experienced more than a three-fold increase in political repression.
Keep in mind that this horrific and disturbing increase in repression on the island is taking place in the midst of the wonderful and magnificent “reforms” of dictator Raul Castro, which we are constantly reminded by journalists and “Cuba Experts” are an indicator that things are definitely getting better in Cuba.
Human rights activist says dissident arrests in Cuba up in 2012
Human rights activist says that the number of dissident arrests was well above the 4,120 in 2011 and 2,070 in 2010.
Cuban security agents made a record 6,602 short-term detentions of political dissidents last year and the number of political prisoners on the island rose by about 30, Havana human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz reported Thursday.
The figure of 6,602 confirmed detentions in 2012 compared to 4,123 for 2011 and 2,074 for 2010, according to a year-end report by Sánchez’ Cuban Committee for Human rights and National Reconciliation.
Sánchez also reported separately that the number of political prisoners, which dropped to about 40 after ruler Raúl Castro freed more than 120 in 2010-2011, climbed again last year with the trials and convictions of about 30 Cubans on political charges.
The increased repression, he said, is the result of the growing opposition among Cubans to a government that all but strangled the economy and human rights during more than half a century of communist rule.
“The regime has accumulated an enormous disaster, and the popular dissatisfaction increases by the day,” Sanchez told El Nuevo Herald by phone from Havana. “It has only one answer: repression, pure and harsh.”
In the absence of significant changes, the year-end report added, it “forecasts that during the year 2013 the situation for civil and political rights and other fundamental rights will continue to worsen in Cuba.”
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