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The Cuban regime prevented the mothers of 11J political prisoners from boarding a flight to Madrid

The Cuban regime prevented this Thursday the mothers of three prisoners for the protests of July 11 (11J) last from boarding a flight of the Spanish airline Iberia in Havana bound for Madrid, denounced the NGO Cuban Observatory of Human Rights.

Liset Fonseca and Marta Perdomo, mothers of Roberto Pérez Fonseca, and of Jorge and Nadir Martín Perdomo, were scheduled to meet with representatives of the European Parliament, the European Union External Action Service (EEAS), and UN Human Rights organizations , in Madrid, Brussels and Geneva.

“As part of the abuse, they allowed them to obtain their boarding pass, in order to cancel the possibility of a flight change or a refund of the Iberia ticket,” the organization said in a statement.

He also condemned this action as a “clear violation of human rights” by the Cuban dictatorship.

Roberto Pérez Fonseca, 38 years old, was sentenced by the Cuban justice system to 10 years in prison, on charges of “disrespect, attack, incitement to commit a crime and public disorder” after his arrest for participating in the July 11 protest in the town of San Jose de Las Lajas.

In the cases of Jorge and Nadir Martín Perdomo, 28 and 37 years old, also imprisoned for the 11J demonstrations in San José de las Lajas, they received sentences of 8 and 6 years in prison, respectively, both accused of the crimes of “instigation to commit crimes, public disorder, contempt and the spread of epidemics”.

Since December, trials of July 11 demonstrators have been registered in Cuba, with hundreds of accused, to which the accredited foreign press media on the island have not had access.

The Attorney General of the Republic of Cuba (FGR) reported last Monday that so far the courts of the Caribbean country have issued 76 final sentences against 381 people for the anti-government demonstrations on July 11.

The FGR report indicated that 78% of those sanctioned (297) received sentences of up to 25 years in prison.

Most of the crimes for which they were accused are sedition, sabotage, robbery with force and violence, attack, contempt and public disorder. A total of 36 protesters were convicted of sedition and received sentences ranging from 5 to 25 years in prison.

Relatives of those convicted and non-governmental organizations have criticized the trial, alleging lack of guarantees, fabrication of evidence and high sentences.

For its part, the Supreme Court of Cuba ensures that due process has been observed in all cases opened as a result of the 11J protests.

The NGO Prisoners Defenders points out that at least 842 people were in prison on the island at the end of 2021 for political reasons, mostly for the events of July 11.

The Cuban authorities, for their part, deny that there are political prisoners in the country and assure that the trials have to do with “acts of vandalism.”

On July 11, the largest anti-government protests in decades took place in Cuba, massive demonstrations that erupted to protest the shortage of basic products, medicines and blackouts that resulted in one death and hundreds of arrests of the participants and alleged instigators.

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