09 December 2016, The Tablet
Eduardo Cardet, national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MLC), has been jailed after criticising Fidel Castro. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
Mr Cardet was jailed on 30 November in the province of Holguín and as of 2 December, his family members had not been able to confirm where he was detained. MLC leaders say he will face charges of “disrespect, disturbing the peace, resisting the authorities, and injuries”.
MLC representatives say his detention is a reprisal for criticising Castro after the dictator’s death on 25 November. In an interview with ACI Prensa on 29 November, Cardet said that the nine-day national mourning period was “an imposed mourning” and that Castro’s true legacy is suffering and sadness.
In a 28 November interview with a radio station, Mr Cardet said, “There are few people in the streets, and lots of police presence. Lots of controls and restrictions. Castro was a man hated and rejected by the Cuban people.” MLC representatives also reported that Mr Cardet was attended by medical professionals at the police station, due to the blows he had received in the back and head.
MLC advocates for political change in Cuba, and was founded by secular Catholics.