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Young Cuban is murdered in the Military Service in Cuba

An 18-year-old Cuban resident in Nuevitas, in Camagüey, died last Sunday while doing Military Service in a tank unit in the Minas municipality, in the aforementioned province.

Although what happened is under investigation, the official version is that the young man, identified as “Elvis”, would have committed suicide by shooting himself with an AKM automatic rifle.

However, family and friends have evidence that it was a murder by his superiors.

“When they brought him in, he was dressed as a military man and his mother did not want him to be buried in those clothes. When she took off his clothes he was full of bruises and friction burns, ”said a relative.

In social networks, numerous friends and acquaintances of the young Elvis were dismayed by his death, which adds one more tragedy to the Compulsory Military Service, a burden that all young Cubans are forced to suffer.

“Your passage through the world may have been fleeting, but the flame you left on is unquenchable. Thank you so much, friend.” Rest in peace,” a friend of the deceased wrote on Facebook.

“Today has been a hard day for many of us, the wound is in our hearts because the same thing happened to many of us, including me. Today, as much as I wanted to go to the funeral home, I couldn’t because I didn’t know how I was going to react to meeting such cruel and heartless people as the heads of that unit. I preferred to cry alone in my house. But they will have their punishment, with tears in my eyes I have written this, “wrote another friend of the young man in the comments to post.

Unfortunately, the death of young Cubans while fulfilling their Compulsory Military Service is not so infrequent, although in all cases the Cuban regime tries to silence such events.

In December of last year, Carel Gutiérrez, an 18-year-old resident of Guanajay, in the province of Artemisa, died of alleged negligence while performing military service in the Los Jejenes unit, as reported by the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression. Expression and Press (ICLEP), citing family sources.

In recent days, a Cuban father who lost his son in the Military Service demanded that Miguel Díaz-Canel look inside himself before criticizing what is happening with firearms in the United States.

Alfredo González, father of Annier González, an 18-year-old who committed suicide in July 2021 with a rifle given to him to stand guard while he was doing Military Service at the Combinado del Sur prison in Matanzas, criticized the government for writing on Twitter, following the massacre at a Texas school, that “teenagers and guns don’t mix.”

The Cuban dictatorship denies before the UN that military service is compulsory on the island. A little over a month ago, thousands of Cubans reacted indignantly on social networks when a Cuban diplomat stated at the United Nations, during a session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), that military service on the island is “voluntary.” The affirmation manipulated the content of the law, where the obligatory character is explicit in the case of men.

In its Third Section (Article 77) the National Defense Law establishes that “male citizens, during the year in which they turn sixteen years of age, are obliged to formalize their registration in the military registry.” It also establishes that “once registered in the military register, citizens are obliged to carry out the activities aimed at preparing them for incorporation into the Military Service and to keep their situation duly updated.”

In 2019, the Cuban military courts established compliance with sanctions for Military Service recruits who self-harm in order to be discharged, a common practice in recent decades with not a few unfortunate incidents as a consequence.

The mandatory nature of Military Service has been systematically criticized by Cubans, however, the recruitment did not stop even during the coronavirus pandemic, something that was severely criticized by citizens.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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