In a Fb submit on Wednesday, the opposition chief and playwright thanked his household and buddies, and people who made his journey to Spain potential.
“We arrived in Spain, alive, wholesome and with our concepts intact. Now we have to thank the many individuals who’ve made this journey potential,” Garcia Aguilera stated in his first public remark since leaving Cuba.
“I’ve been with out communication for a number of days and have to replace on the scenario of different members of the Archipelago,” he added, referring to his opposition group.
Magdiel Jorge Castro advised CNN that the final time activists spoke with García Aguilera was on Sunday at 6 p.m. native time. A member of the group went to his home on Tuesday to attempt to find him, however after knocking for greater than an hour at his door, nobody opened or answered, he added.
Garcia Aguilera confronted potential arrest and trial in Cuba for his position in organizing the protests — meant to name for larger political freedoms — which had been deliberate for Monday however by no means came about.
Cuban police arrested at the very least 11 individuals whereas authorities brokers and supporters had “besieged” 50 others inside their properties to forestall the demonstration, the Havana-based impartial human rights group Cubalex advised CNN.
Cuban activists additionally stated they had been blockaded inside their properties on Sunday and Monday.
Protests are permitted underneath the Cuban structure — however in follow, police routinely arrest anybody suspected anti-government exercise and protestors face prolonged jail sentences.
The federal government had vowed to not permit the demonstrations, claiming they had been a pretext to fire up bother on the communist-run island, and that that they had been secretly organized by Cuban exiles and the US authorities.
There was a heavy police throughout Cuba on Monday morning as authorities ready to face potential protesters. Finally, streets remained quiet, nevertheless — proof of the chilling results of the federal government’s warnings.