Another U.S. Citizen Arrested in Cuba/ Arrestan en Cuba a otro ciudadano americano (Traducción al español)
Posted: 26 May 2013 09:18 PM PDT
Cecilia Rojas, a U.S. citizen of Cuban descent, has been arrested by the Castro regime after visiting a prominent Cuban pro-democracy leader./Cecilia Rojas, una ciudadana americana descendiente de cubanos en el exilio, ha sido arrestada por el régimen castrista luego de que visitara a un prominente líder de la oposición.
Rojas had traveled to the town of Placetas, where she visited the home of Cuban pro-democracy leader, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez "Antunez."/ Rojas había viajado al pueblo de Placetas, donde visitó a Jorge Luis García Pérez ¨Antunez¨.
She was arrested upon leaving Antunez's home./ Ella fue arrestada en cuanto abandonó la casa del opositor.
Her Florida drivers license has been confiscated./Su Licencia de conducir de la Florida fue confiscada
Ironically, in her last tweet before departing to Cuba, she had taken a picture of a man who was asking for American hostage Alan Gross's release, in front of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C./ Irónicamente, en su último tweet antes de salir para Cuba, ella había tomado una foto de un hombre que pedía la liberación de el rehén de la tiranía, Alán Gross, frente a la Oficina de Intereses de Cuba en Washington D.C.
So if you're an American traveling to Cuba on a Castro-hosted "people-to-people" tour, the regime welcomes you with open arms (and wallets)./ Así que si eres un ciudadano americano viajando a la Cuba secuestrada por los Castr0, y pretendes hacer un viaje de turismo de pueblo a pueblo, el régimen te recibirá con brazos y billeteras abiertos
But if you're an American traveling to Cuba to express solidarity with the democratic aspirations of the Cuban people, the regime arrests you./ Pero si eres un ciudadano americano que viaja a Cuba a expresar solidaridad con los que luchan por la democracia nacional, el régimen te arrestará.
UPDATE: Rojas was released this morning./ Rojas fue liberada esta mañana
Posted: 26 May 2013 08:33 PM PDT
From The Washington Times's Embassy Row:
Cuba is still politically repressive, poor and largely cut off from the Internet two years after the communist government adopted modest reforms such as term limits on politicians and allowing the sale of private property, a U.S. survey has found.
“Repression of free speech and civil liberties remains high,” the International Republican Institute said of its annual poll of Cubans’ attitudes toward their government.
The report also found that detentions of dissidents have increased.
“In 2012 alone, more than 6,000 politically motivated arrests and short-term detentions were recorded by the Cuban Commission on Human Rights Reconciliation,” the survey said.
Cubans also reject the island’s one-party Communist system, established after the 1959 Cuban revolution. Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said Cubans, instead of the Cuban Communist Party, should choose their president. Only 14 percent support the current system.
Fifty-three percent accused the government of political repression, while 20 percent defended the regime of President Raul Castro. Another 20 percent declined to answer that question on the survey, and 7 percent said they did not know.
Sixty-nine percent said the government prohibits free speech, despite Mr. Castro’s 2011 promises of political reform. Only 21 percent claimed they could speak their minds openly.
“Repression and intimidation from the Cuban government is still a pervasive force in the lives of Cubans,” the institute said. “Many respondents were reluctant to answer certain questions they may have deemed sensitive.”
Cuban also live mostly without Internet service; only 4 percent of those surveyed said they could access the Web or email.
The Cuban economy continues to suffer, especially with cuts in government jobs and little private employment. Many are driven to a growing black market, the survey found.
The Washington-based pro-democracy group interviewed 688 Cubans throughout the island’s 14 provinces in January and February. The survey has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
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