Thursday, January 1, 2015

Communism Still In Tact: "Obama Buddy" Cuba Releases Dissident Artist after Thwarting Performance


HAVANA – Artist Tania Bruguera, detained to prevent her from staging a politically themed performance in the Cuban capital, was released Wednesday along with a number of other dissidents, opposition spokespeople said.

“#TaniaBruguera was released, she is already home, she refused to sign an accusation of promoting public disorder, demanded to be released only when the others detainees were freed,” the Yo tambien exijo group said on Facebook.

“She is in good physical and psychological condition,” the group said, adding that authorities confiscated Bruguera’s passport and cellphone.

The 46-year-old artist, who spent the last few years living in New York, convened a “performance” for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, but police intercepted her well before the scheduled start.

Bruguera intended to set up a microphone-equipped podium and invite ordinary Cubans to share their thoughts about the future of the Communist-ruled island in light of the recently announced restoration of diplomatic ties between Havana and Washington.

Around 50 people in all were arrested to stop the event and at least 20 remained in custody Wednesday, Elizardo Sanchez, head of the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, told Efe.

Among the dissidents released on Wednesday was independent journalist Reinaldo Escobar, the husband of prominent opposition blogger Yoani Sanchez.


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