Castro dictatorship prohibits evangelical pastors from leaving Cuba for religious freedom event in the U.S.

In spite of all the media’s tales of “reform” and “change,” Cuba’s socialist dictatorship continues its religious persecution of Christians on the island and denying Cubans basic human rights.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Cuban regime prohibits evangelical leaders from traveling to the U.S.

On Sunday, Cuban authorities stopped five pastors from protestant denominations from traveling to Washington to attend an event on religious freedom organized by the U.S. government.

The presidents from Assemblies of God and the Evangelical League of Cuba, Moises Prada and Alida Leon Baez, along with those from the Baptist Church in the East and West, Dariel Llanez and Josue Legar respectively, were not allowed to leave the country to participate in the event. Pastor Alain Toledano was also not allowed.

Leon Baez told Radio/Television Martí what happened on Sunday morning at terminal 3 of the Jose Martí International Airport in Havana. “An official came up to me and told me I was regulated.”

According to the pastor, it all had to do with the formation in June of the independent Alliance of Evangelical Churches in Cuba. “I don’t believe there was another motive,” she said.

Authorities only allowed Methodist Church Bishop Ricardo Pereira to travel.

Prada also had a similar experience as Leon. An official also told him that “we were regulated and not allowed to leave.”

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