Villa Marista

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Villa Marista is a prison in Havana, Cuba, notorious for its detention of political prisoners by the Cuban national security agency.[1][2]

Its prisoners have included dissident Vladimiro Roca and politician Jesús Escandell.

Villa Marista school[edit]

Villa Marista was originally a Catholic school for boys. Prior to the Castro revolution, the school was run by the Marist Brothers. After the Castro Revolution expropriated the school and grounds from the Marist Brothers, the brothers were spread to other Marist schools around the world, including Miami, Florida USA, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

In addition to the school in Havana the Marist Brothers also had another school in the city of Cienfuegos.


  1. ^ "political prisons in Cuba".
  2. ^ "Report on Cuban political prisoners". Amnesty International.