CUBA

Police free Cuban dissident Antúnez, wife

 

jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

Cuban police have freed dissidents Jorge Luís García Pérez, known as Antúnez, and his wife after detaining them for several hours Wednesday and seizing computers, flash memories and personal items during a search of their home.

“My home was vandalized, assaulted and sacked by the senior leaders of the political police who turned up in the morning with a search warrant,” García Pérez said in a statement distributed by the Cuban Democratic Directorate in Miami.

“They told me, ‘Antunez, we came to erase all the signs that you have on the front of your home, and to seize everything of a counterrevolutionary nature,’” the dissident added.

Authorities seized two computers, several USB flash memories, recognitions that Garcia Peres and his wife, Yris Perez, received during their four-month trip abroad last year as well as clothes and personal hygiene items, he said.

Police and State Security agents also used blue paint to cover the anti-government statements that dissidents had scrawled on the front of the home in the town of Placetas, in the central province of Villa Clara.

García Pérez and two other dissidents were hauled away by police during the morning raid. His wife and five other activists were detained later in the day as they walked to a police station to demand his release. All were released by Wednesday evening.

García Pérez, secretary general of the opposition Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Front for Civic Resistance, has been trying to organize the opposition to the government across the island since his return in December from this trip abroad.

In a news conference the day before his return to Cuba, he called for a campaign to “destabilize” the Raúl Castro government.

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