The purpose of this conference was to discuss issues related to education, and prepare a document of critiques and recommendations to present to the Ministry of Education.
The Independent Teachers Association of Cuba is a dissident organization composed of hundreds of teachers who have been fired for their "political views" or for their criticism of the island's education system.
Since this morning, the home of the Association's president, Roberto Lopez Ramos, has been surrounded by state security officials.
Among those arrested were Luis Díaz Díaz, Ada Becerra, Yoel Medrano Espinosa, Osmel and Orisbel Borges Rodríguez, Niurka Gómez Roy, Nelson Acosta Rio, José Hernandez López, Felix Navarro, Francisco Rangel, Milaidis Quimero and Sandy Quintana Alfonso.
Why does the Castro regime feel so threatened by these teachers?
The picture below is from a similar conference in 2009: