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Cuban dissident Antunez (Jorge Garcia Perez) arrested for disobedience

Posted January 30, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

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Cuban police have jailed prominent dissident Jorge Garcia Perez—known as Antunez—for disobedience, dissident sources said on Tuesday.

Antunez, who has served a 17-year term for opposing the Americas’ only one-party Communist government, was nabbed outside his home in the city of Placetas after an opposition event, and transferred to Santa Clara, the provincial capital.

Another leading dissident, Marta Beatriz Roque, told AFP in a statement that Antunez was arrested Monday.

“The domestic opposition will move forward with its peacful activities,” she said.

Now 43, Antunez was set free in April 2007 after 17 years in jail for what authorities called verbal enemy propaganda, attempted sabotage and disobedience.

Out of a total of 290 dissidents and prisoners of conscience in Cuba at the close of 2007, 35 “are in a deplorable state of health inside prisons,” the National Coordinator of Current and Former Political Prisoners (CNPP) said in a report issued here on Saturday.

Member Comments

On January 31, 2008, cubanpete wrote:

Will look forward to the protests from the “Pastors for Peace”, as well as the Hollywood elite.

On January 31, 2008, publisher wrote:

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