HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN IMMINENT DANGER:
"DON'T ALLOW THEM TO KILL US."
February 13, 2014. Summit,
New Jersey. A distribution list email from Cuba sent by Martha Beatriz Roque,
2/13/2014 at 2:15PM reads (translated from Spanish): "Jorge Luis García Pérez Antúnez just called to tell me that his
house was invaded for the third time, his wife was arrested, and he regained
consciousness while laying on the street next to a patrol car. “Don’t allow
them to kill us,” he told me in a groggy voice." Ms. Roque then followed
with a message to Cuba Archive: “He sounded like he was in a very bad state,
exhausted from feeling unsupported. I am very worried that they will kill him
and nothing will happen. He is now all alone and in hunger strike.”
"Antunez" and his wife, Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera,
are leading members of Cuba’s peaceful opposition movement. They went on hunger
strike the morning of February 10th to protest the violent repression to which
Cuban authorities have most recently subjected them –-detentions, violent home
invasions, and confiscation of their belongings. Their telephones have been cut
off and since January 24th their home has been surrounded by security forces.
The couple lives in in Placetas, which is approximately 200 miles from
the city of Havana in the province of Villa Clara.
on recent aggressions against Antúnez at
remarks he delivered at Georgetown University on September 16, 2013 at: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/29/3655332/cubas-antunez-our-peaceful-steps.html