Another 33 participants in the demonstrations of July 11 and 12 in Cuba received their final sentences, which adds up to 414 those convicted of these acts, some with up to 25 years in prison, reported the Attorney General’s Office.
These sentences were announced shortly after Washington sanctioned five Cuban officials on Thursday for their performance in the trials of the July 11, 2021 protesters.
These protests, which erupted with the cry of “We are hungry” and “Freedom”, left one dead, dozens injured and more than 1,300 detainees, hundreds of whom are still in prison, according to the civil organization Justicia 11J.
In a statement published Thursday night, the prosecutor’s office reported that of the 33 participants in the protests registered in Havana and in the neighboring province of Mayabeque, who had appealed their sentences in the first instance, “30 were sanctioned with prison sentences. freedom”, 20 of them between five and 10 years old and another 10 between 10 and 18 years old.
Two others had their sentence of deprivation of liberty commuted “for correctional work without internment”, and a third for “limitation of freedom”, which does not imply their entry into prison either, added the prosecution, without specifying the age of the damned.
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, reported that Washington sanctioned five Cuban officials for their role in the “unfair” trials and the imprisonment of participants in the protests last July.
It is a response to officials “who deny Cubans their basic human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Blinken added, without naming names.
The Cuban dictatorship affirms that the demonstrations, the largest registered on the island since the triumph of the revolution in 1959, were orchestrated by the United States, whose government has insistently demanded that Havana release all the prisoners.
In another statement published on Monday, the prosecution reported the final convictions of 381 protesters, including 36 who received sentences of up to 25 years in prison for sedition.
The dictatorship had reported on January 25 that 790 people, including 55 under 18 years of age, had been prosecuted for the July demonstrations.