The Independent group in Havana, Cuba, CIHPRESS recorded 1575 arrests for political reasons for the first three months of 2012:http://www.cihpress.com/2012/04/informe-mensual-de-violaciones-de-los.html and on April 2, 2012, forty three human rights defenders were violently arrested in Eastern Cuba, adding the total number of Cuban citizens arrested this year to more than 1,600. Most of these detentions are of short duration but they constitute a form of torture carried out by Cuban authorities to dissuade anyone in the island from exercising or expressing their free, independent ideas.
Belkis Cantillo, the wlfe of former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, requested world solidarity for her husband whom she reported continues under arrest, without charges, under very difficult conditions at the provincial headquarters of the Department of State Security in the neighborhood of Versalles, on the outskirts of the Eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, since April 2nd when their home in Palmarito de Cauto was violently attacked by paramilitary forces. According to Cantillo, this State Security Center is used to imprison murderers. Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action alert on April 13, 2012 that calls for the unconditional release of Ferrer Garcia (in attachment)
Members of the peaceful feminine movement, “Ladies in White Laura Pollan” continue under very strict surveillance in Eastern Cuba and only 17 of them were able to reach the Basilica of Our Lady of Charity and attend Mass this Sunday, April 15, 2012 while 13 were intercepted by the political police. These women walked kilometers through mountainous countryside to evade the police control points set up to prevent them from reaching the Sanctuary of El Cobre. Police agents have repeatedly threatened the Ladies in White that only a very small group will be allowed to assist Sunday Mass at El Cobre.
The Lady in White and independent journalist, Caridad Caballero Batista reported the violence against members of the Ladies in White in the Eastern province of Holguin began on Friday, April 13. Caridad, her husband Esteban Sandez and her son Eric Sandez, as well as Isabel Peña, have been blocked by authorities from attending Mass during 14 consecutive Sundays in the city of Holguin. In the town of Velasco, Mariblanca Avila Esposito was violently arrested. “She was dragged” informed Caballero Batista. Romelia Batista Gonzalez was arrested on Saturday, April 14. In Banes, Marta Díaz Rondón, Gertrudis Ojeda Suarez and Miladis Rosa were under surveillance since Friday and were prevented by authorities from attending Mass this Sunday, April 15 in the city of Holguin.
Andrés Carrión Álvarez, a Cuban citizen whose protest and arrest were caught on tape by the international media on March 26, 2012 as he cried out, “down with communism!” and “freedom!” just minutes before the Pope’s Mass in the Eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, was released on April 13 under “conditional freedom”. According to an activist of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UMPACU), Carrion was “forced to sign a document that, among several restrictions, he is prohibited from traveling outside of the province of Santiago de Cuba”. Carrion was described as physically well though “very nervous and dazed” as a result of his confinement in an isolation cell and due to the countless cross examinations he was subjected to. 
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