August 8, 2022

A day after the US sanctioned 5 Cuban officers over “unfair trials” for anti-government protesters, officers in Havana stated Friday that one other 33 have been sentenced, bringing the full to 414.

Some obtained jail sentences between 5 and 18 years, and others “correctional labor.” Protesters had beforehand been jailed for as much as 25 years.

Mass protests broke out throughout Cuba on July 11 and 12 final yr, with demonstrators demanding “freedom” amid financial strife, medical and meals shortages, and rising anger on the authorities.

A crackdown by the safety forces left one lifeless, dozens injured and 1,300 folks detained, in accordance with the Justicia 11J civil group.

A complete of 414 individuals who took half in unprecedented anti-government protests in July 2021 have been sentenced in Cuba Photograph: AFP / YAMIL LAGE

In January, the federal government stated 790 folks, together with 55 minors, had been prosecuted for the July demonstrations.

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduced visa restrictions on 5 Cuban officers he stated had been “related to unfair trials and unjust sentencing and imprisonment of peaceable July 11, 2021 protesters.”

The Cuban authorities, he added, was denying Cubans “their primary human rights and elementary freedoms.”

Blinken’s Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez reacted in English on Twitter Friday, saying the “US resorts once more to coercive measures towards #Cuba as act of aggression, with particular person sanctions primarily based on mendacious and completely unfounded allegations.”

The Cuban authorities accuses the US of being behind the protests, the largest because the island’s 1959 revolution.

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