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A Cuban dissident who testified before Congress last week via video about repression by the island’s communist regime has been arrested and “brutally beaten,” according to reports from the U.S.-based Cuban exile community.
Pro-democracy leader Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” was “arrested on Saturday afternoon, brutally beaten, doused with pepper spray until unconscious and violently removed from his cell by the authorities that evening,” his wife told Miami-based Radio Republica, according to the website Capitol Hill Cubans. Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera reportedly has not heard from him since.
Antúnez was one of three Cuban dissidents who testified from Cuba before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. The hearing was called by the Senate’s two Cuban-American members, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who object to the Obama administration’s policy of freer travel to Cuba.
“Antunez is a courageous human rights activist,” Rubio said in an e-mail. “It is clear that he has been jailed and savagely beaten by criminals working for the Castro regime because he testified before the Senate last week.
Meanwhile, Fidel Castro’s niece, allowed to come here by the State Department to spread her propagandist filth, has endorsed Barack Obama.
President Obama has received yet another endorsement, this time from the daughter of Cuban military dictator Raúl Castro. Mariela Castro proclaimed her support for the sitting president 10 days ago, during a visit to the United States. “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” she said in a CNN interview in New York.
The dictator’s daughter, who is a vociferous proponent of the Cuban status quo, was ostensibly in the U.S. to discuss matters pertaining to her field of expertise, which has something to do with advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. As the Cuban-born writer Carlos Alberto Montaner put it in a syndicated column last week, “Mariela is tolerant of sexual preferences and intolerant of all the rest.” He added: “For her, freedom and emotional coherence are something very specifically situated south of the navel.”