Protesters in the Cuban capital of Havana have been condemned to between four and 30 years in jail for crimes committed during the island’s greatest rallies since the 1959 revolution of Fidel Castro.
They “tried brutally to disrupt the constitutional order,” the Supreme Court stated in a statement. Most of them came from Havana’s impoverished and disenfranchised areas, which were hotbeds of protest in July of last year.
Those condemned received directions from “people both in Cuba and abroad,” according to the court.
Cuba has previously claimed that the United States was supporting and encouraging the protests The Cuban government sentenced 100 protesters to 30 years in prison
An official statement stated that, “They flung stones and bottles at different authorities, law enforcement personnel and National Revolutionary Police installations; They wrecked a motorbike, and automobiles; They injured other persons and caused significant material damage.”
Thousands of people took to the streets in cities and towns around the country on July 11 and 12. In the face of a rising number of coronavirus infections, many Cubans screamed “freedom” as they marched in protest of food, medication, and energy shortages.
Prosecutors in Cuba said that more than 700 individuals have been charged with offences related to the rallies, including destruction, assault, public disruption and sentenced to 30 years in prison
Prosecutors have been accused of a lack of openness and due process, and of imposing disproportionately long terms based on the severity of the crimes committed.
His son, 22-year-old Jaime Firdo, was sentenced to 11 years in jail for sedition, a penalty that Alcide Firdo, a 47-year-old Havana resident, deems excessive.
Firdo added, “It’s been a long time since I threw a few rocks.” They are ruining a young life by what they are doing to these guys, which is inhumane.
“The degree of involvement, the personal situations of individuals engaged, as well as the gravity, harmfulness and brutality of the offences” were all taken into consideration by the Supreme Court while determining punishments.
According to a statement from the Cuban Supreme Court, more than 30 of those prosecuted and convicted by a lower Havana court have been sentenced to between 20 and 30 years in jail, while scores of others face 4 to 20 years in prison. Those who have been found guilty may still appeal, the document states.
La Esquina de Toyo and La Guinera, two of Havana’s poorest districts, had the most ferocious protests on the island.
There were some incidences of looting and stone-throwing at police in cities around Cuba, but the protests were mainly peaceful.