Detentions Continued through April 16, 2012
José Daniel Ferrer, a former prisoner of conscience of the Group of 75 (Cuba’s Black Spring) who lives in Palmarito de Cauto, Santiago de Cuba, and is the president of Unión Patriótica de Cuba (Cuba’s Patriotic Union, UNPACU), was arrested on April 2. Cuba’s political police forcefully took him out of his house and various electronic means for his activism were confiscated. He was taken to a State Security division at Versalles, Santiago de Cuba, where he has remained under arrest.
Niurka Luque Alvarez, a Dama de Blanco (Lady in White), was arrested on March 20 while she was involved in a public outcry protesting a neighbor’s eviction from a house in Cotorro, Havana, where she lives. Since then she has remained in jail in Manto Negro Prison in Havana, where she has been kept in isolation cells and is not being given the medicines required for her epilepsy.
Sonia Garro Alfonso, a Dama de Blanco (Lady in White), and her husband Ramon Alejandro Munoz Gonzalez, both members of the “Rosa Parks” Movement, were detained on March 22, after their house was stormed by Ministry of Interior Special Troops (also known as Black Wasps), who threw Munoz Gonzalez from the second floor and shot Garro Alfonso in her leg with a rubber bullet. Both are in isolation cells; she is in Manto Negro Prison and he is in Combinado del Este Prison in Havana.