Libertarian Party Of Cuba Officers Arrested By State

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Last night, the Officers of the newly formed Partido Libertario Cubano – Jose Marti were taken by State Officers according to the organization’s Facebook. Fifth Column reports that officers stormed the headquarters and arrested everyone inside.

https://www.facebook.com/PartidoLibertarioCubano/posts/1889251711331443

Via Libertarian Party of Nevada’s blog for the Partido Libertario Cubano

“Las Vegas, Nevada (June 1, 2017) – The leaders of the Cuban Libertarian Party were arrested and taken away by State Security last night!  The police showed up in the early afternoon in force with men and vehicles.  They surrounded the Benjamin Franklin Libertarian Library (Cuban Libertarian Party headquarters) for at least 6 hours before suddenly breaking open the doors and arresting everyone at some point between 10 and 11pm local time.

The Libertarians known to have been arrested include Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand the spokesman, Heriberto Pons Ruis the Vice Chair, Caridad Ramirez Utria the Chair, Miguelito Cartelito the interpreter, and all members present at the Benjamin Franklin Libertarian Library in solidarity with the hunger strike to demand immediate release of our political prisoners, Ubaldo and Manuel.

A neighbor witnessed the incident and reported it to other members and to members of the party’s international wing.

WE WHO CARE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS MUST GET THE WORD OUT.  Every individual who calls him or herself a libertarian is being called on to help.  NGOs and human rights watch groups must be contacted.  The media must be contacted.  Every single voice that bears witness to the crime that occurred last night is another candle in the dark.”

The officers were released this afternoon, but not without injury

 

https://www.facebook.com/PartidoLibertarioCubano/posts/1889251711331443

 

This is not the first occurrence of liberty minded Cubans being arrested, as two members of Mises Cuba were detained in March. These arrests are what prompted the founding of the Libertarian Party of Cuba at the beginning of May.

 

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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