Cuban opposition group reports 1,051 political arrests

Havana, Mar 3 (EFE).- The opposition Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation said Monday that in February there were at least 1,051 political arrests in Cuba.

In its monthly report on political repression, the commission also registered 137 "acts of repudiation" involving insults and taunts, 221 physical attacks, 57 cases of harassment and 14 acts of vandalism, which, it said, are "attributable in every case to the political secret police and to parapolice elements."

The group, which in January reported 1,052 political arrests, said Monday that these numbers "are objective indicators of a persistent trend toward deteriorating civil and political rights in Cuba."

"Just two months into the year 2014 have seen more arbitrary arrests for political reasons than in the whole of 2010," said the report released by commission spokesman Elizardo Sanchez.

In particular, the commission considered "highly alarming" the "vandalistic raids" against dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, a.k.a. "Antunez," who in February went on a hunger strike in protest against the siege of his home by authorities, who entered and seized some of his belongings.

Cuba's Communist government dismisses most dissidents as counterrevolutionaries and "mercenaries" on the payroll of the United States.