14ymedio’s 14 Faces of 2019: Jose Daniel Ferrer, Leader of Unpacu

14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2019 — José Daniel Ferrer, the current leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), born in Palma Soriano in 1970, was one of the 75 prisoners of the Black Spring. Sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2003 for his prominent participation in Oswaldo Payá’s Varela Project, he left prison … Continue reading “14ymedio’s 14 Faces of 2019: Jose Daniel Ferrer, Leader of Unpacu”

Unpacu Leader Marks Three Weeks Detained In Unknown Location

14ymedio, Havana, October 21, 2019 — “I still don’t know the whereabouts of José Daniel Ferrer,” reported Nelva Ortega Tamayo, wife of the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), arrested on October 1 in Santiago de Cuba. In an interview with 14ymedio this Sunday, Ortega Tamayo explained that the habeas corpus she presented last … Continue reading “Unpacu Leader Marks Three Weeks Detained In Unknown Location”

Police Assault National Unpacu Headquarters in Santiago de Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 7 September 2019 — The headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) in Santiago de Cuba was assaulted by police at dawn on Saturday, according to Martha Beatriz Ferrer, daughter of opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer, who reported it on her Facebook account. “They arrested 24 people. My father was forcibly prevented from leaving … Continue reading “Police Assault National Unpacu Headquarters in Santiago de Cuba”

Unpacu and Cuba Decides Call for Going Out to the Streets to Protest on September 8

14ymedio, Havana, September 5, 2019 — The Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) and Cuba Decides have called on the Island’s population to demonstrate next Sunday, September 8, at 10 in the morning, according to a statement. “We will go out to the parks and other public spaces of our country,” reads the notice. The announcement … Continue reading “Unpacu and Cuba Decides Call for Going Out to the Streets to Protest on September 8”

Police Surround and Raid Homes of Several Unpacu Activists in Santiago de Cuba

14ymedio, 3 June 2019 — On Monday morning, Cuban police and State Security forces raided the homes of Dr. Roberto Serrano and his daughter, activist Yadira Serrano, in the municipality of Songo la Maya, in Santiago de Cuba, according to information received by 14ymedio from the opponent Carlos Amel Oliva, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba … Continue reading “Police Surround and Raid Homes of Several Unpacu Activists in Santiago de Cuba”

UNPACU Consolidates its Activities to Promote Youth Leadership

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2019 — The Freedom and Democracy Academy (ALD) is a new project of the Youth Front of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) to promote citizenship and youth leadership within this opposition organization. The academy, which carries out training activities on democratic values, is aimed at Unpacu members between 16 and … Continue reading “UNPACU Consolidates its Activities to Promote Youth Leadership”

Number of Unpacu Activists on Hunger Strike Rises to 111

14ymedio, Havana, February 20, 2019 — The leader of the opposition group Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), José Daniel Ferrer, reported this Wednesday that 111 members of that organization are now on hunger strike. The action, begun on February 11, is aimed at “calling attention” to the repression of the government against activists promoting the No … Continue reading “Number of Unpacu Activists on Hunger Strike Rises to 111”

Police Raid Unpacu Headquarters in Response to Their No Campaign on the Constitutional Referendum

14ymedio, Havana, February 11, 2019 — The opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer was detained for more than five hours this Monday along with several members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu). The detentions occurred during the police raid of the headquarters of the opposition organization and the homes of activists in Santiago de Cuba starting … Continue reading “Police Raid Unpacu Headquarters in Response to Their No Campaign on the Constitutional Referendum”

UNPACU Activist Pressured by Police to Accuse Jose Daniel Ferrer

14ymedio, Havana, 13 August 2018 – Activist Ebert Hidalgo Cruz has been released without any charges, according to a video released Sunday by the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) shortly after the dissident was released from prison. Hidalgo was imprisoned on August 3 together with the leader of the organization, José Daniel Ferrer, who is … Continue reading “UNPACU Activist Pressured by Police to Accuse Jose Daniel Ferrer”

Opposition Organization UNPACU Turns Six In Very Difficult Circumstances

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 2 August 2017 — The Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU) is celebrating its six years in the midst of the complicated situation faced by the island’s opposition, assaulted by repression and limited by laws that penalize any form of organized dissidence. Under the leadership of José Daniel Ferrer, UNPACU was born in … Continue reading “Opposition Organization UNPACU Turns Six In Very Difficult Circumstances”

Police Forces Assault UNPACU Headquarters, Activists Arrested / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 8 March 2017 — The headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) were assaulted by police forces in the early hours of Wednesday. The troops forcibly entered five homes located in the Altamira and José María Heredia areas in Santiago de Cuba, where they arrested a dozen opponents, according to opposition sources. Two … Continue reading “Police Forces Assault UNPACU Headquarters, Activists Arrested / 14ymedio”

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The text states that during the past month, there were 20 arrests more than in December 2016. The independent body … Continue reading “More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio”

Berta Soler Released, But UNPACU Activists Still Detained / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Miami, 19 December 2016 — The leader of the Ladies in White movement was released on Monday after being detained for 24 hours. Berta Soler was arrested the previous day in one of the largest raids against the opposition in recent months. Meanwhile, approximately ten activists of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) remain imprisoned, … Continue reading “Berta Soler Released, But UNPACU Activists Still Detained / 14ymedio, Mario Penton”

UNPACU Member Arcelio Molina Rafael Leyva Dies in Fall / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 15 November 2016 – The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) Arcelio Molina Rafael Leyva, known as ‘Chely’, 53, died early on Tuesday after falling from the roof of his home in Havana’s Playa district. This morning an intense police operation surrounded the opponent’s house to investigate the causes of his death, according to UNPACU’s … Continue reading “UNPACU Member Arcelio Molina Rafael Leyva Dies in Fall / 14ymedio”

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 24 August 2016 – Five years can be a long time in Cuba, when we’re talking about an opposition organization. In the complex kaleidoscope of dissident groups and parties that make up civil society on the island, many are active for only a few months or languish amid repression and … Continue reading “UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton”