Posted by: becketfund | December 5, 2007

Cuba: Security Forces Raid Church

Reuters reports that Cuban state security forces stormed a church in Cuba’s second city of Santiago, beating parishioners who were attending mass and eventually arresting seven people. Police entered the church of Santa Teresita by force and then used pepper spray to help them subdue members of the congregation. The parish priest, Jose Conrado Rodriguez, says he had no warning of the raid until it happened. Police may have been searching for parishioners who had taken part in an earlier demonstration, though Fr. Rodriguez noted that he had occasionally denounced certain government actions in his sermons.

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