Antonio Rodiles is an odd bird. He’s mild-mannered, soft-spoken and nerdy. He wears little John Lennon glasses and looks pained when he speaks. Recently released after 19 days in Cuban detention for “resisting arrest,” Rodiles said he doesn’t know what he was arrested for when he resisted — because he hasn’t bothered to read the complaint.
So what was Rodiles actually doing when he was arested? He and a few others had gone to Section 21, headquarters for Cuba’s fearsome state security, to protest the arrest of a human rights lawyer.
Like many Cubans, Rodiles once emigrated to the U.S. He studied for a master’s degree in mathematics to go with his doctorate in physics, and even taught for a bit at Florida State University.