statement, Paya explains that similar acts “have been repeated against
defenseless women and families and are true operations of the State
Security in collaboration with other repressive groups and unscrupulous
against Martha Beatriz Roque was particularly savage and full of
cowardice,” Paya continued. “This is an assault against all of
the peaceful opposition in Cuba, but also against all citizens.
It’s a Fascist-Communist style assault that goes beyond all limits of
evil. Likewise, it reflects a sense of impunity, and also
indicates a serious danger for the Cuban society.”
Paya said that
assaults of this kind against those who peacefully oppose the Communist
regime would only lead to greater solidarity, “because we defend the
rights of all Cubans, and that is only reason why they are attacking
the peaceful opposition.”
The leader of
the Christian Life Movement called on the “international community, on
people of decency and of good will around the world” to “condemn this
abusive and cruel act against a woman.”
was one of dozens of dissidents arrested and imprisoned in 2003.
Despite her sentence of 20 years, she was released in July of 2004 for
leader of the internationsl Christian Life Movement, Oswald Paya
Sardiñas, has issued a statement revealing that Cuban government agents
severely assaulted Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, one of Cuba’s most
prominent dissident leaders.