14ymedio, Havana, 7 April 2016 – At least two members of the Coexistence Project have received subpoenas in recent weeks from the Pinar del Rio Immigration Office (DIE), according to a statement made this Thursday. Yoandy Toledo was cited on two occasions to give details about his recent trip to Prague, and Javier Valdes, webmaster of the project’s digital publication, will have to report to the authorities on Friday afternoon.
It is an “explicit violation of the Cuban Immigration Law, which does not establish an interview before or after leaving the country,” complains Toledo, who says that the topics discussed in “the interrogations were never about migration.” The young man told 14ymedio that during the second interview the official with a rank of major who identified himself as Pita, “chief of the DIE at the municipal level,” threatened that he would repeat the meeting during the month of April.
Wednesday afternoon, Valdes also received a citation for this Friday at 2:00 PM. Valdez is responsible for the technical issues of the digital site of the magazine of the Coexistence Studies Center. “Right now we are preparing a complaint to deliver to the Provincial Prosecutor where we express the violation of the law and the most basic rights of citizens,” the statement added.
In the afternoon of Wednesday, Valdes also received a citation for this Friday at 2:00 pm. Valdes is responsible for the technical issues of digital site lies the eponymous magazine Coexistence Studies Center. “Right now we are preparing a complaint to deliver at the Provincial Prosecutor’s where we express violation of the law and the most basic rights of citizens,” the statement said.
The publication was founded in February 2008 and bills itself as “a threshold for the citizenry and civil society in Cuba.”