The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), a non-governmental organization dedicated to identifying detentions and irregularities of the communist regime towards political dissidents, alerted the world population after having counted more than a thousand disappearances after arrests in Cuba since protests began in the streets on July 11 demanding the end of the dictatorship.

“1004 disappearances/arrests in #Cuba since July 11, 20 days of savage repression, 795 men (16 of them minors), 209 women (5 of them minors),” read a message posted on Twitter by the OCDH earlier this week.

The protests that began on July 11 in the streets of Cuba unleashed a real war cry, not only in Cuba but in many cities around the world, calling for greater international intervention to collaborate with putting an end to the Castro regime that for 62 years continues to maintain absolute domination on the island. 

According to international analysts, the protests, which took place in more than 40 cities and towns throughout the country, were organized spontaneously by various pro-democracy groups and are considered the largest since the beginning of the revolution.

The international community has noted that while the protests in Cuba were, by all accounts, overwhelmingly peaceful, the Cuban authorities responded by deploying special state security forces and the repressive special forces groups known as the “black beret,” to carry out mass arrests, opening fire on crowds of dissidents and public beatings to spread terror to anyone who considered joining the movement. 

Diaz-Canel, the current leader of the Castro regime in Cuba, on the night of July 11, appeared on public television to declare a “combat order,” encouraging supporters of the regime to physically assault anyone they felt might support the protests.

Dissidents on the island have described the nearly three weeks since the July 11 protests as intensely violent. “Black beret” forces have conducted door-to-door raids searching for suspected protesters in nearly every major city and have fired on demonstrators in their own homes, Breitbart reported.

Official numbers of detainees and missing persons are uncertain because the government refuses to acknowledge the fierce crackdown followed by arrests and disappearances. Several journalists and protesters estimate the number of imprisoned and missing in the thousands based on the scale of the protests.

The OCDH tally is the highest number confirmed so far of people missing or in police custody since the protests began, which reports that as of August 1, the total number is 1004 people.

The head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, is missing in the hands of the communist regime and without proof of life. UNPACU is believed to be the largest pro-democracy group on the island, but no evidence suggests that Ferrer played any role in the protests.

Also missing is the founder of the pro-democracy group Movimiento San Isidro, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. Otero’s group was largely responsible for organizing large protests at the Ministry of Culture headquarters in Havana last year and, for this reason, had been suffering severe persecution. However, Otero himself has said that “they do not want to overthrow the dictatorship.”

At least two million Cubans in exile accompany their compatriots from the streets of various countries to reject the daily mistreatment suffered by their people on the island. 

The claims of Cubans in the United States, as expected, stood out among other nations in sending their support to the demonstrators who have been in the streets since July 11 shouting “homeland and life” against the communist dictatorship led by Miguel Diaz-Canel and his followers.