Yoani Sanchez and her husband Reynaldo Escobar. Photo/archive: Yohandry.wordpress.com

HAVANA TIMES (dpa) — Award-winning Cuban opposition blogger Yoani Sanchez has been detained, pro-government blogger Yohandri Fontana said on Friday.

Sanchez was taken into custody late Thursday in the eastern Cuban city of Bamayo, Fontana wrote. She had been planning to attend the start of the trial there on Friday of Spanish right-wing politician Angel Carromero for the traffic accident in which Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Paya and another man were killed in July.

According to Fontana, Sanchez had travelled to stage “a provocation and a media show that harmed the proper course of the trial.” The pro-government blogger said Sanchez’s husband Reinaldo Escobar had also been detained.

Short-term detentions of dissidents are frequent in Cuba. The government uses the detentions to prevent dissidents from voicing their opposition to the authorities during high-profile events, which recently included Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the island. The detainees are usually released soon after such events take place.

Carromero, 27, a member of Spain’s ruling People’s Party, faces two counts of negligent homicide, and the public prosecutor is seeking a seven-year prison term, the pro-government website Cubadebate reported.

Carromero was driving the car when it crashed into a tree on July
22 near Bayamo.

Payo and fellow dissident Harold Cepero died, while Carromero and Swedish politician Jens Aron Modig suffered minor injuries. Paya, 60, and Cepero had been riding in the back seat and were not wearing seat belts.

The official investigation showed “categorically” that Carromero was speeding at the time of the crash on a stretch of road that was being repaired, Cuban authorities said shortly after the accident.

Carromero was discharged from a hospital within a day, and has since been held by Cuban authorities.

Cuban dissidents and Paya’s family had expressed doubts about the nature of the accident and voiced suspicions of foul play. Both Carromero and Modig, however, said in Cuba that it was just an accident with no other vehicles involved.

See: Blogger Yoani Sanchez Freed in Cuba

14 thoughts on “Blogger Yoani Sanchez detained in Cuba

  • Lawrence W !! These are just generalities on this link! I asked for a SPECIFIC paper or other link with hard numbers like I always provide! NOW if you cannot do that I can “understand”!! If you want to defend your point of view you have to do your HOMEWORK!!

    Lawrence W said: “If I was Cuban and had to choose between what you consider to be “free and democratic” and Cuba’s government, the choice would be a no-brainer. Are you the best apologist for the American Empire that they could find?”

    Lawrence W !! Since youre NOT Cuban in and out of the island, should you not leave the dialogue to WE CUBANS??? Just saying!! And please have the COURAGE to put a real name that can be verified, you NON-CUBAN!

  • There you go again, erecting another ‘straw dog’ argument of your own invention and then shooting it down. No doubt you enjoy shooting fish in a barrel as well.

    There’s nothing in HT’s report about the official investigation results claiming the car “could not have reached the accident site in the time reached from his starting point unless he was travelling at excessive speeds.”

    Read the HT article and weep – http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=75309

    Advice: find a better source for policing matters than CSI:Miami.

    If I was Cuban and had to choose between what you consider to be “free and democratic” and Cuba’s government, the choice would be a no-brainer. Are you the best apologist for the American Empire that they could find? Wow, it’s gotten to be that bad. I hadn’t realised.

  • And they were released several hours later.

    Canada acts similarly (see my previous comment about the G20 protesters) or worse if it feels criticism of government might be threatening. Canadians are usually more anesthetized than Cubans when it comes to protesting. Government can count on media to underreport or spin the story to its advantage.

    And to highlight arrests in other countries, as the Globe & Mail did, to make it look like we have it so much better here.

    Citizens here certainly want a new Canada, but under the control of business elites, we haven’t a hope in hell of getting one without a fight.

    Stop focusing on the minor sins in other countries and concentrate on the major ones in the country you claim to be a citizen of.

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