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The Cuba’s Working Group of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) issues the present Declaration in order to condemn the outrage perpetrated several days ago by a group of police agents against the outstanding bloggers Yoani Sánchez (who—as it is known—has received numerous important international prizes) and Orlando Luis Pardo, as well as against several friends of them.
As it has been informed, the authors of this outrage (several unknown men dressed in civilian clothes) travelled in a Chinese-made black car, in which they wanted to make Yoani and Orlando enter. The former, afraid that the whole affair could be not a police action, but a kidnapping perpetrated by gangsters, demanded the individuals either to identify themselves or to show a detention order, which they didn’t do; on the contrary, they began to repeatedly hit and push both intellectuals, whom they forced to enter the vehicle. Somewhat later, the men set them free.
arbitrary detention took place in the context of a peaceful march
violence, which several scores of citizens intended to make (and which
indeed made several minutes later) in the central
On behalf of the Executive Board of the Working Group:
René Gómez Manzano
Although the denounced facts had taken place several days before, the
Declaration could be issued only on Monday 9, due to the difficulties
confronted here in
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