UPDATE ON THE SITUATION OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS IN SANTA CLARA, CUBA
December 17, 1997.
By the DIRECTORIO REVOLUCIONARIO DEMOCRATICO CUBANO
Santa Clara, Dec. 16, 1997.-
Daula Carpio Matas, the provisonal delegate of the Pro-Human Rights Party
in Villa Clara, was arrested by agents of the political police from Havana
in her residence in the city of Santa Clara 64 days after beginning her
hunger strike. The agents transferred her to the women's prison Guamajal
in that province, This information was provided from Santa Clara by the
activist Marilis Blasquez, who found herself inside the home of Carpio
Matas when the arrest occurred.
Lilian Meneses, one of the hunger strikers, pleaded to accompany Carpio
Matas, who was under the protection of a medical certificate because of
her grave physical deterioration throughout the hunger strike, and she was
permitted, stated Blasquez to members of the Directorio Revolucionario
At the time of the arrest activists of the PPDH Israel Feliciano,
Arelis Fleites, Josi Antonio Alvarado y el Presidente del Movimiento
Cubano Reflexisn, Librado Linares. They told the authorities that they
should take Daula to the hospital, and police answered that they would.
Nonetheless, Lilian Meneses, who accompanied Daula to the place, said that
when she became aware that she was being taken to the prison she protested
and the officials said that in the prison there was a doctor who could
attend her. Shortly afterwards she was left at the outskirts of the city.
Josi Antonio Alvarado, another of the hunger strikers, stated that, "now
we will continue this strike until the end," quoted Blasquez. The seven
activists of the Pro- Human Rights Party have been on a hunger strike
since October 9 for the arbitrary detention of Carpio Matas and the later
trial and sanction of various activists of this organization which defends
human rights in Cuba. There concrete demands are:
1. Lessening the repressive sanctions in this case, especially for those
who find themselves arbitrarily arrested, they are: Daula Carpio Matas,
Roxana Carpio Matas, in the women's prison of Guamajal; Jose Manuel Yera
Benitez, in the prison Las Grimas; Ivan Lema Romero and Vicente Garcia
Ramos, both in the prison La Pendiente.
2. That the charges imposed by the Castroite tribunals of association to
cause delinquency "Asociacion para Delinquir" be dropped, given their
unquestionable status as human rights activists for the Cuban people.
Given in the city of Miami on the 17 day of December 1997
Send letters or post cards to these brothers and sisters expressing your
solidarity and support to:
Felicia Machado Matas
Padre Chao #254 entre Carretera Central y Ciclon
Santa Clara, CUBA
Write to your families and friends in Cuba to let them know the case of
these hunger strikers and asking them to do what they can to help or
spread the news about this case.
You can make a difference. For more information call Directorio
Revolucionario Democratico Cubano at 305-264-2917
Information Provided by the Directorio Revolucionario Democratico
Translated by the FREE CUBA Foundation