Leader Of Young People for Democracy Is Detained in Palma Soriano
CALL GOES OUT FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY WITH
YOUNG CUBAN DEMOCRAT
HAVANA, May 1, 1997.
By Monike de Motas,
special for CubaNet
Graciela de la Vega, the mother of Radames Garcia de la
Vega, vice-president of the Cuban movement Jovenes por la
Democracia (Young People for Democracy), is urgently
requesting international solidarity to demand the freedom
for her son, who is being held in Palma Soriano, and is
being threatened with a trial for the alleged contempt to
the person of the Commandant in Chief.
Radames Garcia de la Vega had been summoned by officer
Ceden~o last April 29, and at this interview he order him to
make himself available for a meeting with State Security
officers in the locality of Versalles, Santiago de Cuba.
On April 30, he received a second summons to present
himself, along with his identity papers, to the State
Security offices at 3 o'clock. Since this office closes
at 2, upon his arrival, he was not able to enter and
returned along with his mother.
As they got out of a store, a political police officer,
on a motorcycle, intercepted them on the street, and charged
Radames without listening to his explanation. On May 1st,
Graciela went to the State Security officers and they
informed the desperate woman that her son had been taken to
the offices of the National Revolutionary Police.
They told her at the police unit that her son Radames
was being held incomunicado and that they would not deliver
any family care package to him because he was going to be
tried for contempt to the person of the Commandant in Chief.
The political police has already taken off the streets
the president of the Jovenes por la Democracia, Nestor
Rodriguez Lobaina, and now intends to do the same with the
vice-president. It seems that the government doesn't
forgive the project University Students Without Frontiers.
Translated for CubaNet by Lourdes Arriete