Harsh Police Operation Against the Patriotic Union of Cuba / 14ymedio

Note: The video was taken surreptitiously and thus is of poor quality. 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2016 – Beginning at 6:00 AM on Sunday morning, Cuban State Security forces attacked nine homes of members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU); six in Santiago de Cuba, two in Palma Soriano, and one in Palmarito de … Continue reading “Harsh Police Operation Against the Patriotic Union of Cuba / 14ymedio”

Patriotic Union of Cuba Withdraws From MUAD / 14ymedio, Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 29 June 2016 — The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) announced Tuesday its intention to withdraw from the Democratic Action Roundtable (MUAD), a political association involving at least 42 groups and social projects. A statement signed by UNPACU’s board of coordinators also explains that the organization will not continue to be involved in the … Continue reading “Patriotic Union of Cuba Withdraws From MUAD / 14ymedio, Havana”

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, and a proposal for the country ‘s future. With the publication of this text, … Continue reading “Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar”

“I am not afraid to die for my father’s freedom”: Youngest hunger striker speaks / UNPACU – Patriotic Union of Cuba

In a video recorded by the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Enrique Lozada speaks during his third week on hunger strike, a protest started to demand the release of his father, activist Luis Enrique Lozada Igarza, violently arrested by the political police last April 9th in Maffo, Contramaestre.  Luis Enrique is also on hunger strike … Continue reading ““I am not afraid to die for my father’s freedom”: Youngest hunger striker speaks / UNPACU – Patriotic Union of Cuba”

Cuban Court in Cienfuegos Agrees to the Request of the Prosecutor’s Office and Denies Bail to ‘Ktivo Disidente’

14ymedio, Madrid, 27 July 2022 — The Municipal Court of Cienfuegos reversed its decision to release Carlos Ernesto Díaz González (known on social networks as Ktivo Disidente) on bail, and in prison since last April 28. His offense: he climbed a wall on the boulevard of San Rafael in Havana to claim the freedom of Cubans. According to Diario … Continue reading “Cuban Court in Cienfuegos Agrees to the Request of the Prosecutor’s Office and Denies Bail to ‘Ktivo Disidente’”

Residents Take to the Streets of Altamira in Santiago de Cuba to Protest Against the Blackouts

14ymedio, Havana/Santiago de Cuba, 1 August 2022 — A demonstration in the Luis Dagnes neighborhood, at the Altamira People’s Council, Santiago de Cuba, included several residents protesting the blackouts and the precarious economic situation which the city is experiencing. The rally quickly caused the presence of several military and law enforcement forces, while the demonstrators … Continue reading “Residents Take to the Streets of Altamira in Santiago de Cuba to Protest Against the Blackouts”

Belts and Big Shirts to Cover the Cuban Leaders’ Obesity

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 25 June 2022 — Last Thursday, at a fat contest in celebration of Father’s Day in Nicaragua, a man with a circumference of 57 inches around his belly was the winner. The peculiar award has caught the attention of Cubans, who in recent years have seen their relatives lose weight due … Continue reading “Belts and Big Shirts to Cover the Cuban Leaders’ Obesity”

An Unpacu Activist Dies in Santiago de Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 6 May 2022 — The activist Alfonso Chaviano Peláez, of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) and promoter of Cuba Decide, died on Wednesday in Santiago de Cuba. As detailed by Ana Belkis Ferrer on Twitter, Peláez had recently been arrested, “violated and threatened by Castro hitmen.” Chaviano Peláez himself recounted on April 15 that … Continue reading “An Unpacu Activist Dies in Santiago de Cuba”

Cuban Prosecutor’s Office Decides Not to Prosecute the Activist Attacked by Humberto Lopez

14ymedio, Havana, 21 April 2022 — The activist Yeilis Torres Cruz was freed from charges this Thursday after spending almost a year under investigation for the crime of attack after she herself was attacked by the official announcer Humberto López. According to a document that Torres shared on her social networks, the Havana Provincial Prosecutor’s Office determined … Continue reading “Cuban Prosecutor’s Office Decides Not to Prosecute the Activist Attacked by Humberto Lopez”

Another Victim of the Cuban Regime’s Blackmail Arrives in Miami: UNPACU Militant Ovidio Martin

14ymedio, Havana, 30 March 2022 — “I left Cuba against my will,” activist Ovidio Martín said on Tuesday upon his arrival at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Miami (USA) in the company of his wife, Zenaida Rams, and their two children. Ovidio Martín was one of the coordinators of the opposition Patriotic Union of Cuba … Continue reading “Another Victim of the Cuban Regime’s Blackmail Arrives in Miami: UNPACU Militant Ovidio Martin”

Cuban TV Journalist Yunior Smith Justifies his Decision to Seek Asylum in the US

14ymedio, Havana, 11 March 2022 — The official Cuban television journalist and presenter Yunior Smith has confirmed through his Facebook account that he is on the southern border of the United States attempting to ask for political asylum in that country. The information, initially spread by the ‘influencer’ Alex Otaola, has raised a wave of criticism. … Continue reading “Cuban TV Journalist Yunior Smith Justifies his Decision to Seek Asylum in the US”

Nine Cubans Seeking Political Asylum in the EU Get Caught Up in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

14ymedio, Ángel Salinas, Mexico, 4 March 2022 — Early this Thursday morning, at 3:45 a.m. “the explosion of a bomb woke us up,” Diosdeny Santana told 14ymedio. “Here it is already afternoon and the whole day we have heard bombings.” This activist from the opposition Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) has been held since January 6 along … Continue reading “Nine Cubans Seeking Political Asylum in the EU Get Caught Up in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine”

Murder of a Young Woman Shock’s Rio Cauto Community in Cuba’s Granma Province

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2022 — Yaite Balmaceda Cano, a young woman of 27, was murdered by a man whom she had reported to the police in Río Cauto, province of Granma, where she lived. The events were made public by Alexander Verdecia Rodríguez, coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba in that town and … Continue reading “Murder of a Young Woman Shock’s Rio Cauto Community in Cuba’s Granma Province”

‘Dear Comrades’: Was it in Novocherkask, USSR, or in La Guinera, Cuba?

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 13 February 2022 — She is a militant  Party member, one of those who “bite,” but one day her daughter participates in a protest and from then on she has to see the ugliest side of the system: the repression, the arrests and the concealment of the truth. Her story could … Continue reading “‘Dear Comrades’: Was it in Novocherkask, USSR, or in La Guinera, Cuba?”