NGO this morning Human Rights WatchDedicated to investigation, security and promotion Human rights, Issued a statement Describing the formal abuses of the Cuban dictatorship Against those who protest against life on the island. In which they documented 130 Human rights violations against victimsThey were arrested after the July 11 historic protests.
“Implemented by the Cuban government, Proper arbitrary arrests, mistreatment of prisoners and misconduct In response to the July 2021 peaceful protestsThe report begins. “This is confirmed by the persistent and persistent abuses of various security forces in various parts of Cuba. These human rights violations are planned by Cuban authorities to suppress and suppress the struggle.”.
A few days before the release of the HRW document, daily Washington Post On July 11 it released a report on the repression of the authorities and the detention of those who had lost their freedom. There he takes Testimonies of victims They show not only the worst conditions of imprisonment, but also the legitimacy of this function of the regime, repeating the same procedures in different detention centers in many cases.
The first case reported in the media Michael Barra, 20-year-old health worker. According to Barra, 11J was the first to take part in a demonstration because of his young age and the severe suppression of the right to protest on the island. “For the first time in my life, I came to the parade“, He told the North American newspaper.
But his enthusiasm and his participation in the march did not last long. In the middle of a demonstration in the city மதன்சாக்கள் In it they were found some men in civilian clothes appearing They took him and his sister. They were transferred to a detention center, where Barra was taken to an interrogation room. “They shouted that they would shoot me and my family“He announced.”I begged them to stop while they were calling me WormThe term worm is used by state officials to refer to anti-communist Cubans.
“I was hit as I fell down“, He explained.”They kicked me all over my body. They did not stop. They beat me with sticks on my hands and knees. It seemed eternal to me, though it was only 60 seconds. All I know is that I felt pain for 20 days in a row”.
Michael’s case is one of hundreds. After 11J, more than 1000 arrests were recorded by the security forces of the citizens who took part in the marches. As of today, about 500 people are still detained, according to the Cuban Organization for Human Rights. Cubelex, Including many minors.
Another case he was able to deepen Washington Post Is a journalist Oralwis Cabrera. After being detained for covering up the protests, he was forced to remove himself during interrogation. “I felt violated“, He said. According to the account, Persecuted for hours by the famous stories of Communist Cuba And its late founder, Fidel Castro. He was then placed in a room with seven other prisoners.
“I slept on the floor for 33 days. They ground us rice and gave us soup fat. Breakfast is just a piece of bread“He declared. In addition, he said that the way to confront prisoners is to sing the verses of the songHomeland and life“It has already become a symbol of the struggle against dictatorship. Cabrera was placed under house arrest after the release of a bond. $ 40 -The average monthly salary in Cuba is, to be exact, about $ 40.
Another case Maria Cristina Corrido Location Picture. The 39-year-old citizen was arrested along with his sister on the morning of the protests. Her husband, Michael Valladares, According to witnesses Police used batons while arresting them. Only after 18 days was he allowed to see his wife. As she described to him, “Long live Fidel!””. “Every time she refused she told me, a soldier beat her hard and urinated on her”.
Focuses now The demonstrations are scheduled for November 15Dictatorship, though Dias–Colonel He declared that these would not be allowed to take place on the grounds that the organizers were associated with “grassroots organizations or institutions funded by the US government.” This has increased fears of mass arrests, which means that the turnout has not been as high as expected.
“Some of us will go beyond the intimidation campaign against us, but I think it’s not like July 11th“, He said Manuel Questa Moria, A 58-year-old activist was arrested on the night of July 11. Although he has been released, he is under regular surveillance by security officials. “Those who leave are less likely to fear repression, perhaps in the hundreds“, He said.”What if I think they are going to arrest us again? Yes”.
November 15 is the day Cuba reopens for international tourism. This is why citizens, at least, have no hope that its repressive instincts will curb its repressive instincts so as not to show a bad image in front of the international community, which complicates the long-awaited arrival of dollars on the island.
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