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Libertarian Party of Cuba Releases Statement on Arrests of President 

(Circled left to right: Spokesman Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand, President Caridad Ramirez Utria, and Vice-president Heriberto Pons Ruiz)

“1) A new Libertarian Library was opened in Camaguey province this week. 2) Cuban Libertarian Party President Caridad Ramirez Utria, Vice President Heriberto Pons Ruiz, and spokesman Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand were arrested June 22 and are being detained.

They’re inside Camaguey Province. Further updates will come but communication from the island is limited.

Send your protest to the Cuban government @ Cancillería de Cuba (

Report this to Amnesty International @ Amnistía Internacional Américas (

Ask your county and state Libertarian Party, and your country’s Mises Institute, to denounce this arrest directly to the Cuban national government. (

And PLEASE report this political persecution to the media! Even small blogs and podcasts make a huge difference!”

Apart from that statement, we believe it was reprisal for growing the Cuban Libertarian Party and its educational branches (the Mises-Mambi Institute and the Libertarian Libraries).  The team had traveled to Camaguey province to found a second Libertarian Library (the first being in Havana at Cuban LP HQ).

The director of the new Libertarian Library in Camaguey, Alexis Muñoz, says there was no disturbance and that the police came without warning, without provocation, and arrested Caridad, Heriberto and Nelson with no justification or attempt to inform them of the charges.  The team was previously arrested en masse at the Havana HQ on July 31, and on July 21 Nelson was robbed, kidnapped, and dumped outside of town by the secret police.

Also recently, Mises Institute Cuba changed its name to the Mises-Mambi Institute of Cuba.  It’s named partly after the great Austrian economist and partly after the Mambi movement.  The Mambises were the guerrilla fighters and political philosophers who fought for Cuba’s independence repeatedly against Spain over a span of decades.  This name change was necessary after a disgruntled Cuban exile in Miami started a splinter group and registered Mises Institute Cuba as a copyright in Florida (to protect what he thought was his intellectual property).  This put all the US Libertarian Party affiliates helping us, and all independent Cuban LP supporters in the US, in a position of liability for copyright infringement, fraud (from the fundraising and supply drives), and other legal violations that arise when people hide behind intellectual property 

Via Zach Foster, North America spokesman Cuban Libertarian Party

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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