Cuban opposition group denounces arrests, raids

Havana, Nov 27 (EFE).- The Patriotic Union of Cuba opposition group, known as Unpacu, on Wednesday denounced the fact that the homes of some of its members were raided and 25 people arrested during a police operation in the eastern province of Santiago.

Agents with the Interior Ministry, the National Revolutionary Police and unnamed special forces on Tuesday raided four homes of Unpacu activists and seized assorted possessions and cash, the group's leader, former political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer, told Efe by telephone.

Ferrer said that the homes of Pedro Campa, Victor Campa, Yeroslandy Campa and Rodolfo Hernandez were the ones that authorities raided.

The Campa family, carpenters by profession, reported that various tools and some wood were seized and at Hernandez's home police confiscated his computer and cash belonging to one of his sisters, Ferrer said.

Most of the 25 people detained were released on Tuesday and only the three Campas remain under arrest.

Ferrer said that the reason authorities staged the operation was Unpacu's "growing activism."

He emphasized that "the political police" had warned Victor Campa on several occasions that he must stop holding public meetings but rather hold them "behind closed doors inside his house or (he was) going to pay dearly for that."

Founded in 2011 by Ferrer, Unpacu has more than 1,000 members, most of whom live in the eastern portion of the communist-ruled island.

The Cuban government classes most dissidents and opposition figures as counterrevolutionaries and mercenaries in the service of the United States.