Yoani Sanchez and 20 Dissidents ArrestedNovember 8, 2012 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez and between 20 and 25 other dissidents were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday according to a report just in from DPA news (in Spanish).
Among those arrested were ex-hunger striker Guillermo Fariñas, Orlando Luis Pardo, Antonio Rodiles and Angel Santiesteban.
The report (quoting dissident Elizardo Sánchez of the illegal Cuban Commission of Human Rights and National Reconciliation) states that a lawyer, Yaremis Flores, who provides free legal assistance to members of the opposition, was “arbitrarily” detained followed by the other dissidents who began showing up in protest at the police station.
According to pro-government blogger Yohandry Fontana, Sanchez was arrested for “disturbing the peace and social indiscipline.”
This is Sanchez’second arrest in just over a month since she was detained on October 5th with her husband as they attempted to attend a trial in the eastern Cuban city of Bayamo.
The authorities claimed that Yoani aimed to disrupt the trial of Spanish politician Angel Carromero, who was charged and convicted in the death of opposition leader Oswaldo Paya and another activist.