They judge in Cuba the detainees during the protests of July 11 under total secrecy

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Cuba today is under severe stress. Six months after the protests that shook the country on July 11, hundreds of Cubans arrested during the demonstrations are being tried in different courts on the island under total official secrecy.

The charges range from contempt, public disorder, incitement to commit a crime, sedition and attack on authority, according to anti-Castro NGOs and activists who the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel judges to be “mercenaries”. The most serious cases risk sentences of up to 30 years in prison.

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Daniel Triana, member and moderator of the group Archipelago, created by Yunior García Aguilera, one of the promoters of the protests, told TN that the trials are held in absolute official silence in at least three cities: Havana, Holguín and Santa Clara.

“They are happening at least 66 trials to protesters. The government does not give figures, which are provided by NGOs and civil society activists,” he said.

In Cuba it is common for these types of trials to be carried out under the silence of the official press. But countless videos circulate on social networks of relatives of detainees crying out for the release of their loved ones.

The Díaz-Canel government affirms that the protests were instigated from Washington and accuses the demonstrators of causing acts of violence and looting.

What are the detained protesters being tried in Cuba accused of?

According to the NGO Justice 11J Until now, the Cuban authorities have reported that ordinary trials are being held against at least 223 demonstrators detained during the protests that shook the island on July 11. Another 234 people have tax petitions awaiting trial, 98 were fined and 9 dismissed, always according to this organization.

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Another NGO, Prisioners Defenders, said there are 26 minors among those detained, all of them between 14 and 17 years old.

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Cubalex, another NGO that deals with detainees from outside Cuba, assured that the Prosecutor’s Office is requesting sanctions of up to 5 years in prison for 25 people. Another 63 face charges of between 6 and 10 years and 27 detained with sentences of between 11 and 15 years. In addition, 49 protesters risk being sentenced to between 16 and 20 years in prison and 46 between 20 and 30 years for sedition.

Triana denounced TN that in recent days police forces arrested several activists, including the nurse and activist Welsy Cruz, in the city of Holguín, east of the island.

“There is no respect for the laws and the Constitution. They are all rigged and exemplary trials without any guarantee, “he said.

Activists cover live from their social networks the trials of protesters detained in Cuba

In the face of official silence, some activists like Saily González Velázquez, from Santa Clara, in the center of the country, carry out live transmissions at the exit of the courts where the trials are carried out.

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In one such broadcast, a woman identified as Tahirí Lorenzo, mother of one of the young men on trial, Andy Garcia Lorenzo, said that during the process “no allusion is made to what the young people said during the demonstration: that the people want food, they are hungry, they want freedom and they don’t want repression. They only emphasize offenses against the police,” he said.

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And he stated: “Everyone repeats the same thing. it’s a monologue”.

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