The Castro regime is cracking down in Cuba on independent elements of civil society. Some of them, such as SNET, the largest private network in the country, were not political but have been taken over by the dictatorship. Other tactics, such as expanding restrictions on who can travel, are targeting those who are political dissidents, independent journalists or other members of independent civil society. This has generated protests among previously apolitical gamers, and driven Guillermo del Sol Pérez, a religious activist and independent journalist to initiate a hunger strike to protest the over 130 Cubans arbitrarily banned from traveling outside the island.

On hunger strike: Guillermo del Sol Pérez

On hunger strike: Guillermo del Sol Pérez

The Cuban government is shifting tactics for controlling information. For a long time it simply barred internet access on the island, but now the regime has decided to expand internet access, while systematically controlling and censoring it.

In this worsening climate 14 organizations have declared that a new “iron curtain of information” is descending over Cuba that further censors access to the internet, and restricts the flow of information. Below is the statement.

Boundary between U.S. Naval base and Cuban controlled territory

Boundary between U.S. Naval base and Cuban controlled territory

Cuba’s New Iron Curtain

An “iron curtain of information” is descending over Cuba. The regime of General Raul Castro is imposing new draconian laws and regulations to limit further the access of Cubans to the internet; to prohibit independent journalists and others from receiving information from abroad; and to publish stories about Cuba in foreign outlets. Included is the further tightening for Cubans to travel abroad.

This iron curtain aims at crushing opposition and preventing demonstrations while the economy continues to collapse.

We call on the nations and peoples of the world to condemn the violent repression on the island. The Cuban regime, an ally of Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, intends to remain in power.

60 years is enough suffering for the Cuban people.

The free world needs to say enough!

Nueva cortina de hierro sobre Cuba

Una “cortina de hierro de información” está descendiendo sobre Cuba. El régimen del general Raúl Castro está imponiendo nuevas leyes y reglamentos draconianos para limitar aún más el acceso de los cubanos a Internet; prohibir que los periodistas independientes y otros reciban información del extranjero; y publicar información sobre Cuba en mercados extranjeros. Esto incluye también el endurecimiento de las regulaciones para que cubanos puedan viajar al extranjero.

Esta cortina tiene como objetivo aplastar a la oposición y prevenir manifestaciones,
mientras la economía sigue colapsándose.

Hacemos un llamamiento a las naciones y a los pueblos del mundo para que condenen la violenta represión en la isla. El régimen cubano, aliado de Venezuela, Rusia, China, Irán y Corea del Norte, tiene la intención de permanecer en el poder indefinidamente.

60 años es suficiente para el pueblo cubano.

¡El mundo libre tiene que decir ya basta!

SIGNATORIES/FIRMANTES
Brigada 2506
Center for a Free Cuba
Cuban American National Foundation
Cuban Studies Institute
Directorio Democrático Cubano
Foro Antitotalitario Unido (FANTU)
Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba/Fundación para los Derechos Humanos en Cuba
Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresión y Prensa (ICLEP)
Instituto de la Memoria Histórica Cubana Contra el Totalitarismo
Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos
Patria de Martí
Cuban Prisoners Defenders
Unión Liberal Cubana
Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU)