Frances Martel

Frances Martel

Articles by Frances Martel

Hong Kong Bans Journalist from Leaving for Filming Police Stabbing

A report who filmed a stabbing murder-suicide involving Hong Kong police officers cannot leave the city and is now part of a “national security law investigation,” the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on Tuesday, increasing fears of a full crackdown on journalism in the city.

A police officer (C) uses tape to hold media back on the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong on July 1, 2021. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Fifth Cuban General Dead Since Protests Began

Cuban Brigade General Armando Choy Rodríguez died on Monday night, the fifth general on the island to do so since ongoing protests began against the communist regime nationwide on July 11. He was the second Cuban general declared dead on Monday.

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Argentine College Students Protest ‘Illustrious Citizen’ Honor to Murderer Che Guevara

A group of students from Argentina’s National University of Rosario launched a petition, Cuba’s independent 14 y Medio reported on Sunday, urging the city of Rosario to revoke the title of “Illustrious Citizen” awarded in 2003 to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a communist mass murderer who played a key role in the Cuban Revolution.

A statue of Ernesto Guevara in the Ernesto "Che" Guevara square on June 27, 2020 in Rosario, Argentina. Revolutionary leader Ernesto Guevara was born in Rosario in 1928. Argentine businessman Francisco Farruggia had bought the apartment in 2002. The price of sale has not been informed. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty …

Cuba Sentences Teen Girl to 8 Months House Arrest for Watching Protests

The family of 17-year-old Gabriela Zequeira Hernández confirmed this weekend that the Communist Party of Cuba had sentenced her to eight months in prison for “public disorder” despite her insistence that she was not an active participant in the July 11 protests.

"#SOSCuba I just talked to the mother of Gabriela Zequeira Hernández, 17, arrested during the July 11 protests in Havana. Her mother Yoanis was only allowed to see her after the sham trial yesterday. Gabriela, a student with no priors has been sentenced to 8 MONTHS in jail. #Cuba" (@LeyvaMartinez24/Twitter)

Third Cuban General Mysteriously Dies Since Protests Began

Reserve Division General Rubén Martínez Puente on Sunday became the third Cuban general on the island to die since the July 11 protests. Like his predecessors, the communist regime did not specify a cause of death.

A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Arroyo Naranjo Municipality, Havana on July 12, 2021. - Cuba on Monday blamed a "policy of economic suffocation" of United States for unprecedented anti-government protests, as President Joe Biden backed calls to end "decades of …

Cuba: Police Threaten Hospitalized Teen Shot in Protests

The parents of a 16-year-old currently recovering from a gunshot wound incurred in a police interaction during the July 11 protests in Cuba said on Thursday that state security agents had visited the boy without parental consent in his hospital room to threaten him with prison time.

Riot police walk the streets after a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Arroyo Naranjo Municipality, Havana on July 12, 2021. - Cuba on Monday blamed a "policy of economic suffocation" of United States for unprecedented anti-government protests, as President Joe Biden backed calls to end "decades …

Cuban-Americans Organize Flotilla to Maritime Border

A flotilla organized by Cuban-Americans will depart Florida on Friday to international waters as close to Cuba as possible in a show of solidarity and support for anti-communist protesters on the island.

Boats with Cuban and US flags part of a Cuban support flotilla depart from Bayside in downtown Miami for Cuba, on July 23, 2021. - The flotilla plans to stay in international waters off Cuba to let island residents know they have support in Florida. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI …

‘A Virologist’s Nightmare’: PETA Finds Thriving ‘Wet Markets’ in Asia

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Thursday to forcefully advocate for the shutdown of live animal meat markets in the interest of public health, particularly in light of ongoing concerns that they may have played a role in the ongoing Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Hong Kong, CHINA: (FILES) This file photo dated 08 October 2005 shows a chicken destined for the table sticking its head through a cage at a wet market in Hong Kong. Three people have been admitted to hospital in Hong Kong after eating a chicken believed to have been infected …

Second Cuban General Dead Since Protests Began

A Cuban general and former bodyguard to Fidel Castro died Tuesday, Communist Party media revealed — the second general to die since anti-communist protests began nationwide on July 11.

The urn with the ashes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro is driven through Santa Clara, Cuba, on December 1, 2016 during its four-day journey across the island for the burial in Santiago de Cuba. - A military jeep is taking the ashes of Fidel Castro on a four-day journey across …

Cuba Tasks Spy Obama Freed with Anti-Protest ‘Popular Vigilance’ Campaign

Cuba appointed Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, a former spy imprisoned over the killing of four American citizens, to organize a new Popular Revolutionary Vigilance Detail body to improve persecution of protesters following the launch of a wave of dissidence this month, reports revealed Tuesday.

Cuban President Raul Castro (2nd L) attends a ceremony to decorate the Cuban Five as National Heroes (L to R) Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, on February 24, 2015 at Convention Palace in Havana AFP PHOTO/ADALBERTO ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP via …

China Defends Afghan Taliban, Insists It Is Not a Terrorist Group

The editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party propaganda newspaper, published a commentary Monday in defense of the Afghan Taliban, insisting it is not a terrorist group and antagonizing it is of “no benefit to China at all.”

Taliban guerrilla fighters hold their weapons at a secret base in eastern Afghanistan in this February 3, 2007 file photo. Taliban militants killed 15 Afghan guards working for a private U.S. security firm in an ambush in the west of the country on Tuesday, the provincial... REUTERS/SAEED ALI ACHAKZAI/FILES

Japanese Baseball Team Makes Solidarity Display with Cuba Protesters

The Chiba Lotte Marines, a team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league, wore matching T-shirts and took a photo together showing solidarity for anti-communism protesters in Cuba, a team member revealed in a photo posted on Twitter Sunday.

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Video: Cuban Protesters Fight Police Gunfire with Rocks

Cuban protesters began to smuggle videos out of the island at a more rapid pace on Thursday over an internet shutdown showing police special forces and plain-clothes paramilitary attacking unarmed civilians.

Riot police walk the streets after a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Arroyo Naranjo Municipality, Havana on July 12, 2021. - Cuba on Monday blamed a "policy of economic suffocation" of United States for unprecedented anti-government protests, as President Joe Biden backed calls to end "decades …