Cuban activists documented more than 500 arrests since the protests of July 11 and 12 in Cuba, including 11 minors. Many of the detainees have already been released with pending cases or are under house arrest. The Cuban government has not provided information about the arrests.
Meanwhile, the American president, Joe Biden, is evaluating increasing the staff of its embassy in Cuba and reviewing the policy of remittances to the island as a way to support the Cuban people in their “legitimate aspirations” for democracy, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
The sending of remittances from the United States, on the part of exiled Cubans, was prohibited during the government of Donald Trump. It was one of the more than 200 measures adopted by the former Republican president to pressure the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel.
The demonstrations took place between Sunday 11 and Monday 12. The protests included peaceful demonstrations, clashes with the police and looting in some towns in the interior of the country, according to Efe.
The list of detainees
Activists circulated in the last hours a interactive listing in an Excel document that allows users to enter not only the personal data of those arrested, but also useful information such as the date and time of arrest, the last report or the place where they were last seen.
The list included this Tuesday 537 names in locations throughout the country, including 11 adolescents, the youngest of whom is 15 years old, according to the complaint. All the detainees are charged with charges such as “disrespect” O “crimes against state security”.
The Cuban Prisoners Defenders organization denounced that many of the detainees are subjected to the summary trial, without the possibility of accessing adequate legal representation.
One of them, the university student Leonardo Romero Negrin, denounced that he suffered beatings and humiliations during several days of detention for participating in a peaceful march in Havana. The place The Young Cuba, a media of left-wing intellectuals in the country, published his testimony and requested a “truth commission” to investigate alleged abuses by the authorities.
Meanwhile, a new group has emerged in recent days. It’s about the so-called Mothers Movement, who asked to mobilize this Wednesday throughout the country to “all mothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends and grandmothers” whose relatives “have died, are injured or missing since July 11.”
What did joe biden say
Meanwhile, Biden is analyzing the possibility of increase the staff of your embassy in Cuba and review the remittance policy to the island to support the Cuban people in their “legitimate aspirations” for democracy, said Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department.
The spokesperson raised, among the “various ways” to “help Cubans,” an eventual increase in staff at the United States legation in Havana, reduced to a minimum under the Trump presidency.
“We are reviewing our plans to increase staffing at our embassy in Havana. If we are going to do everything possible to support the aspirations of the Cuban people, we need to have a presence on the ground, ”he said.
The US embassy in Havana works to a minimum, after the State Department withdrew most of its diplomats in September 2017 on the grounds that they had suffered alleged “sonic attacks”. Currently, Cubans who must process a US visa have to ask for a turn at the US embassy in Guyana and travel to that country to complete the process.
In addition, Price pointed out the possibility of re-allowing the transfer of money from the United States to Cuba, suspended by Trump. “We will form a remittances working group to identify the most effective ways to get remittances directly into the hands of the Cuban people” to ensure “that they do not go to the coffers of the regime,” he said.