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Cuban dissidents lay out roadmap for political reform

Havana, Feb 19 (EFE).- Dissidents and activists inside and outside of Cuba are laying out a roadmap toward consensus on a constitutional reform that would usher in political change on the Communist-ruled island, promoters of the project said here Wednesday. The initiative, presented at a press conference in Havana by the leader of the Arco Progresista group, Manuel Cuesta Morua, is backed by dozens of activists and more than 50 dissident organizations in Cuba and among exiles in countries like the United States, Spain, Panama and Chile.

Cuban dissident completes 4th day of hunger strike

Havana, Feb 14 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez completed the fourth day of a hunger strike at his home besieged by State Security, wife Iris Perez told Efe. In a telephone conversation from the central Cuban town of Placetas, Perez said that her husband, commonly known as "Antunez," is "very frail" and complained that their home remains "surrounded" by authorities. Antunez began fasting last Monday in protest over a Feb. 5 incident that involved the search of his home and confiscation of some possessions.

Cuban dissident completes 4th day of hunger strike

Havana, Feb 14 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez completed the fourth day of a hunger strike at his home besieged by State Security, wife Iris Perez told Efe. In a telephone conversation from the central Cuban town of Placetas, Perez said that her husband, commonly known as "Antunez," is "very frail" and complained that their home remains "surrounded" by authorities. Antunez began fasting last Monday in protest over a Feb. 5 incident that involved the search of his home and confiscation of some possessions.

Cuban dissident denounces arrest, seizure of property

Havana, Feb 6 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez said Thursday that authorities held him for nine hours after storming his home and seizing his computer and other items. "Fire trucks, commandos, ambulances and a high official" took part in Wednesday's operation at his residence in the central town of Placetas, Garcia Perez, commonly known as "Antunez," told Efe by telephone. The authorities defaced posters with slogans such as "Long live free Cuba" before starting a search of the home, he said.

Dozens of dissidents arrested in Cuba as major summit looms

Dozens of dissidents have been detained in a "wave of political repression" ahead of a major international summit in Cuba, activists said Sunday. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit hosting heads of state from across the region provides opportunities for dissidents in the Americas' only one-party Communist-ruled state to try to raise their profiles, and seek world leaders' ears. "The government is carrying out a wave of political repression ahead of the summit" in Havana that ends Wednesday, warned dissident Elizardo Sanchez.

Cuban dissident says under house arrest

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas said Sunday he has been placed under house arrest to keep him from taking part in an opposition forum on the sidelines of a Latin American summit. "Today is the third day they won't let me go out," Farinas told AFP by telephone from his home in Santa Clara, 280 kilometers east of Havana. "There is a police operative who stays a block away from my house during the day but is in front of it at night," he said.

Cuban dissident says her home is "under siege"

Havana, Jan 22 (EFE).- The only woman who was part of the "Group of 75" political prisoners told Efe Wednesday that she asked a Cuban court to send her back to jail, because she prefers it to the "siege" she says she has been suffering under for months in her home in Havana. Marta Beatriz Roque, who was paroled in 2004, said on Monday that she presented a letter to the court asking for the revocation of her parole in the face of the "harassment" she is suffering from neighbors and the police.

Cuban dissident says her home is "under siege"

Havana, Jan 22 (EFE).- The only woman who was part of the "Group of 75" political prisoners told Efe Wednesday that she asked a Cuban court to send her back to jail, because she prefers it to the "siege" she says she has been suffering under for months in her home in Havana. Marta Beatriz Roque, who was paroled in 2004, said on Monday that she presented a letter to the court asking for the revocation of her parole in the face of the "harassment" she is suffering from neighbors and the police.

Jailed Cuban opposition figure released on parole

Havana, Jan 16 (EFE).- A Cuban dissident sentenced in 2012 to 30 months in prison for "pre-criminal social dangerousness" was released this week on parole, a leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba opposition group said Thursday. Rafael Matos Montes de Oca, from far-eastern Guantanamo province, was released Tuesday, Jose Daniel Ferrer told Efe by telephone.

European lawmakers call for international probe of Cuban dissidents' deaths

Strasbourg, France, Nov 21 (EFE).- The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee called Thursday for an international investigation within the framework of the United Nations into the 2012 deaths of Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero. The request for an investigation was included in an amendment resulting from the compromise between the European Popular Party, or PPE, and reformers and conservatives included within the 2012 human rights report that was approved by the majority of Eurolawmakers.
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