All of those affected are promoters of the Cuba Decide citizen’s initiative led by Rosa María Payá and members of UNPACU (Unión Patriótica de Cuba, led by José Daniel Ferrer). All are actively working on a national and international campaign denouncing the illegitimacy of the ongoing process of constitutional reform. Furthermore, they are campaigning for the “NO” in the constitutional referendum to be held on February 24th in Cuba.
constitutional process does not fulfill any of the international
requirements to be free and credible. This February 24th
the regime will try to legitimize their own corporate-military elite
in power, without recognizing the basic rights and fundamental
freedoms of the Cuban people, a nation whose sovereignty remains
sequestered by the Cuban Communist Party (PCC).
least eight houses have been arbitrarily occupied byuniformed
personnel bearing assault
weapons(more than 200 military
personnel), and extensive searches are being conducted in each home.
following Cuba Decide and
UNPACU activists were
taken from their homes to an unknown destination:
Daniel Ferrer García,
Ismarais Ortega (currently six-months pregnant)
grandmother of Nelva Ismarais Ortega
homes assaulted include
the residences of: José Daniel Ferrer, Carlos Amel Oliva, Oliva´s
mother-in-law, Carlos Oliva and Ernesto Oliva.
ago Jose Daniel Ferrer, Nelva Ismarais and her grandmother were
released. Jose Daniel Ferrer was severally beaten and the
rest of the detainees are still missing.
Private properties have been massively seized by the State Security agents, including: laptops, tablets, hard drives, connecting cables, mobile phones, micro SD cards, batteries, printers and ink supplies, blank paper packs, USB flash memories, and all documentation available.
The neighborhood of José
Daniel Ferrer remains under siege in the moment of releasing this
URGENT NOTICE. Communications with many other activists on the Island
are now interrupted following orders of the Ministry of Interior.
authorities campaign aggressively for the official option of YES, the
only one allowed to be promoted, while the option of NO is socially
stigmatized, physically repressed, and criminalized. This military
operation is designed to dismantle all effective opposition on the
Island, in order to stop their successful work of raising awareness
about the fraudulent options imposed to the Cuban people by the
regime. The regimen will fail.
The Cuban regimen must
refrain from harming any citizens.
We call upon the
international community to demand the immediate release of all the
promoters of Cuba Decide.
Additionally we invite
everybody not to recognize the upcoming referendum as legitimate and
support the Cuban people in their efforts to peacefully change the