Camaguey Political Police Back Down / Fernando Vázquez Guerra

CAMAGÜEY, Cuba, October 21, 2013, Fernando Vázquez Guerra. On Friday October 18 , at 8 am, the dissident Ernesto San Juan Vazquez, with his mother, Xiomara, and his sister, Yaimara, accompanied by everything they possessed in what was their home (refrigerator, cabinet, stove, TV, bed, radio, etc.), planted themselves in Cristo park — opposite the cemetery — in the center of the city of Camagüey.

The reason for the protest was that the State Security forced the owner of the house they rented to throw them out, under an immense operation of the Political Police, the Special Brigade, rapid response brigades, and several patrol cars from the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), and a special brigade truck.

Activists of Human Rights Party of Cuba and the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Civic Resistance Front offered them support at all times.

At the encampment, which lasted for seven hours, the solution came when the political police chiefs went to Ernesto’s landlord, Mr. Ramón García Hidalgo, and lowering their heads denied all slander towards this opponent and asked him to again rent to them at his house located at No. 54 San Juan Bosco street, between San Ramon and 3rd Street, in this city.

Noteworthy is the support of hundreds of neighbors who booed the entire police operation. The human rights activists who were present are:

Alexander Pérez Aguilar
Pedro Ifraín Pérez Inferrer
Daniel Miyé Jiménez
Andrés Fernando Bilbao Garcés
Santo Manuel Fernández Sánchez
Fernando Vázquez Guerra
Yarisley Rodríguez Ramírez
Indomar Gómez Izaguirre
Josvany Arosteguí Armenteros
Marisol Peña Coba.

From Cubanet, 21 October 2013