Miami, Florida – January 28th, 2021- Assembly of the Cuban Resistance (ARC)- The repression being carried out against young artists and intellectuals in Cuba over the past days should be a call for outrage and alarm among all civilized people.
Midnight raids and arrests of young artists and intellectuals should be completely unacceptable for the United States and the international community.
Paramilitary groups were bused in to confront the students. Ministry of the Interior thugs herded the protesters into prisoner transport vehicles where they were further abused.
Even more repugnant, young female students were stripped, rough cavity searches performed on them and their genitalia fondled.
This dramatic increase in repression by the Communist Regime in Cuba must receive strong sanction, or as history shows, the violence will continue to increase and there will be fatalities.
We ask that sanctions be levied by the United States and the European Union at the Cuban Minister and Vice Minister of Culture, and against the specific second and third tier Ministry of the Interior personnel involved in the repressive campaign against the artists and students.
We ask that no sanctions be lifted on this tyranny until the root causes of the situation in Cuba: which is the absolute lack of rights and freedoms by the Cuban people, are addressed and resolved.
The Cuban people, as the shouts of the arrested students indicate, want and need freedom.