Breaking: LP Cuba Members Detained on Route to Protest Trial

Members of the Libertarian Party of Cuba in Havana planned on attending the trials of members arrested in February for refusing to show their IDs to state police, with the expectation of being arrested.

Today, the party released this statement below via Facebook:

“As expected, our activists were detained. This morning at 6:30am Caridad, Nelson and Miguel were taken away by state authorities when they tried to leave to party headquarters towards the court where Manuel and Ubaldo would be on trial regarding their arrest in February which has had them in prison since then. This is the price of fighting for freedom under an authoritarian regime.”

State forces currently have the Havana headquarters surrounded and intend on arresting anyone who attempts to leave.

More updates will be provided as they come.

UPDATE: Two more members of the party were detained for going to protest the trial.

“NEWS. We have two more detainees, our youngest member, party secretary, Yanet Padrón and  founding member Rosa are in prison in Cuba and Chacón in Old Havana, it also confirmed that Eduardo Ramos Balaguer who until recently was reported as missing is detained there. All three were arrested for trying to protest against the arbitrary detention of our brothers arrested since February Manuel and Ubaldo.”
UPDATE: “5 out of 7 of our activists have been released. Miguel Lopez Santos and Israel Reyes Montero are still under custody. They were all detained for TRYING to attend the trial against Libertarians who have been under arrest since February. But were prevented from attending the judicial process.”


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.

2 thoughts

  1. Every last one of them is getting what they deserve for tactical stupidity. Register as a Libertarian in a Communist country? Celebrate an anti-Communist holiday in public? Attempt to attend the trial of enemies of the state?

    This is true idiocy. They want good things, but their approach is nothing more than suicide. As such, they deserve everything that they get, and more!


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