Raúl Castro Arrests Dozens of Dissidents, Continuing Fidel’s Legacy

Fidel and Raul
Less than a month after the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, his brother Raúl is carrying on his brother’s legacy, arresting dozens of political dissidents and one U.S. human rights lawyer over the weekend. Cuban police interrupted a Sunday protest organized by José Daniel Ferrer, the head of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), who had called together hundreds of his followers to march for the liberation of political prisoners in Cuba. The protest march was to proceed from the city of Santiago de Cuba to the National Shrine of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. The 46-year-old Ferrer was arrested at UNPACU headquarters at 6:00am in the city of Santiago de Cuba along with his wife and held for several hours. “They threatened me and told me that this demonstration was abetting crimes of public disorder, attacks, disobedience and espionage,” Ferrer said after his release. Ferrer said that his arrest was part of a joint operation carried out in the early morning by police in Santiago and Palma Soriano to make sure the protest never happened. “They searched four homes, and so far we have 42 reported arrests—20 in Santiago, 12 in Palma and 10 in Havana,” he