Cuban Prosecutor Asks For 7 to 18 Year Prison For Opposition Weeks Before Next Protest
The Prosecutor's Office in Cuba's province of Matanza has launched pre-trial proceedings on Monday against the July 11 peaceful protest's participants, including a woman, asking the court for a lengthy prison sentence.
The Cuban Communist regime has targeted seven protesters, local leaders of the opposition, with new administrative persecution, which involves 7 to 18 years of prison.
Prosecutor charged Mr. Francisco Rangel Manzano, Mr. Leylandis Puentes Vargas, and Ms. Tania Echevarría Menéndez with crimes of public disorder and contempt. If convicted, Mr. Manzano and Mr. Leylandis can receive 7 and 8 years, respectively, and Ms. Menendez up to 7 years.
Communist police targeted Ms. Menendez since she is a local leader of the prominent group Ladies in White, the other opposition member argued.
It is a lie that I committed the crime of contempt since police did not arrest me during the demonstration, Mr. Manzano stated in an interview with Radio Televisión Martí.
In a separate case, the Prosecutor asked for 18 and 16 years prison terms for Mr. José Manuel Cabrera Pérez and Mr. Omar Martínez Ardi. Both protesters participated in the demonstration on July 11. The affidavit claims they committed the crimes of attack against police and contempt.
After the July 11 Peaceful Anti-Communist Uprising the Communist regime responded with the brutal persecution, unjust arrests, detentions and disappearances of the protesters. Out of at least, eight hundred unjustly arrested protesters, more than five hundred are jailed, including minors. Many are deprived of the legal assistance and due process.
The police arrested the unjustly prominent leader of the opposition UNPACU group Jose Daniel Ferrer as he tried to join the peaceful protest. On Sunday, the regime has allowed his son for a short visit. According to Mr. Daniel Ferrer junior, his father stays in an isolated cell. He is allowed to wear only underwear as a part of humiliation and psychological torture. His health deteriorated, Mr. Daniel Ferrer junior stated.
With the draconian punishment, the Communist regime attempts to terrify potential protesters of the next march on November 15.
The Archipiélago opposition platform that unites several opposition organisations and religious groups called upon all Cubans to take on the streets. It stated, they should peacefully demand the release of all political prisoners and immediate dialogue that would start the democratic transformation.