Cuban activist and Estato de SATS founder Antonio González Rodiles will soon be tried on a bogus charge of “resisting authority” and will most likely end up spending anywhere from 3 months to a year in jail. He was detained and savagely beaten in a wave of arrests after Cuban officials broke up a peaceful demonstration for the release of fellow activist, Yaremis Flores. 27 opposition leaders were detained as a result of the event, including Yoani Sanchez and Guillermo Fariñas. All have been freed except for Rodiles, a brilliant man and rising star among democracy advocates in the island, who the Cuban regime clearly sees as a threat and wants to silence.
We pray for Antonio and his family and join the international community in condemning his continued detention and demand his immediate release.
For more about Rodiles and his courageous efforts, read this moving profile piece by his sister, Galdys Rodiles-Haney.
Also, please sign the petition For Another Cuba, launched by Rodiles in June of this year, which calls on the Cuban government to ratify and implement the two Human Rights Pacts it signed at the UN in 2008 (and has so far chosen to ignore).