In the days following July 11 evangelical leaders raised their voices as well as others who on rare occasions have directly and publicly confronted the Castro regime..
Many registered Cuban Protestant institutions did not remain silent, at the expense of various reprisals, such as losing their legal status.
That July 11, 2021, called “11J” by Cubans was the largest protest seen in Cuba in 62 years, triggered by a shortage of food and medicine and the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Cuba, Christian associations such as the Patmos Institute or the Evangelical League offered their resources to those in need.
Since 1959, around 3,116 people have been shot on the island, mainly men and accused of common or political crimes.
Silence is the biggest noise in Cuba, but Adelys broke it when her husband, a pastor, was arrested during the ‘11-J’ protests in the city of Matanzas.
Clashes with the State and punishments of Cuban evangelicals have increased in recent years, but without a high number of imprisoned pastors. Until 11 July 2021 came.
The US Commission for International Religious Freedom asks for the release of pastor Jesus Quinones, and the right of Cuban parents to “raise their children pursuant to their own faith”.
It is the second time in less than a month that Cuban State Security operatives 'visit' Evangelical Focus contributor Yoé Suárez. Christian Solidarity Worldwide denounces the harassment of the journalist and his family.
Yoe Suárez was summoned to Siboney Police Station in Havana, where he was interrogated by police and threatened with imprisonment and unspecified “repercussions” for his family.
Journalist Yoe Suárez was interrogated by the police for 3 hours. He has been banned from leaving the country.
Seven Christian intellectuals ask the state to “respect, guarantee and protect freedom of thought”, and demand “the freedom for Cuban parents to choose their children education”.
Christian leader Sandy Cancino analyses the situation of Cuban evangelicals. “The only way to prevail is to be united”.
Evangelical Focus contributor Yoe Suárez was conducting a series of interviews in the city of Guantánamo, and was freed after being questioned and threatened with “legal action”.