Cuban courts issued jail phrases — some as much as 18 years — for one more 74 individuals concerned in final summer time’s unprecedented anti-government protests, officers stated Wednesday.
Judicial authorities in Havana, Santiago and Matanzas introduced sentences for 74 defendants accused of sedition, public dysfunction, and different crimes associated to the protests. Two defendants had been acquitted.
Of those that had been sentenced, 56 received between 10 and 18 years behind bars, whereas the opposite 18 — together with 12 youngsters — had their sentences commuted to “correctional labor.”
Those convicted “attacked the constitutional order and stability of our socialist state,” the prosecutor’s workplace stated.
Mass protests broke out throughout Cuba on July 11 and 12 final yr, with demonstrators demanding freedom amid financial strife, shortages of meals and medication, and rising anger on the authorities. They had been the most important protests in Cuba for the reason that 1959 revolution.
A crackdown by the safety forces left one useless, dozens injured and 1,300 individuals detained, based on the Justicia 11J civil society group.
In earlier courtroom proceedings some protesters had been jailed for as much as 25 years.
The 74 newest sentences convey the overall variety of individuals sentenced as a part of the demonstrations to 488.
In January, the federal government stated 790 individuals, together with 55 minors, had been prosecuted for the July demonstrations.
The Cuban authorities accuses the United States of being behind the protests.
The Cuban National Assembly in May authorized a brand new legal code, together with stricter punishments for offenses equivalent to “participation in subversive activities,” in an effort to forestall a repeat of the July protests.
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