Detained for Distributing “The New Republic” / CID, Rolando Pupo Carralero

On the morning of Tuesday, 14 January 2014, the president of the CID’s Citizen Committee Against Cruelty, independent journalist Roberto Blanco Gil, was arrested in the public street of Pinar del Rio while distributing the weekly news report, “La Nueva República”.

Blanco Gil was arrested in front of the Reparto Hermanos Cruz supermarket carrying 100 copies of the weekly, which were seized by the repressive agent known as “the dwarf”, badge number 11804, and the sector chief, badge number 11869.

After putting handcuffs on him they put him in a patrol car and took him to the bus terminal sector. There he was interrogated and threatened by State Security Official Yoel, who said he would go to prison if he continued to distribute enemy propaganda, and who threatened that he would not be allowed to deceive people and disparage the Revolution.

After being detained more than 7 hours Blanco Gil was released.

By: Rolando Pupo Carralero