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 Three members of the Beirut family spent Christmas behind bars in Cuba locked up for participating in unprecedented protests against a communist regime notoriously intolerant of dissent They are among the hundreds of people detained since July 11 when spontaneous street protests in 50 cities saw thousands of people clamoring for change chanting Freedom Down with the dictatorship and We are hungry Now the ax is falling with sentences of up to 30 years handed down on charges ranging from public disorder to sedition The family s ordeal began on July 11 when 41 year old Exeynt Beirut was detained in Guant namo eastern Cuba on the first day of protests against harsh living conditions and government repression When they learned of his fate Exeynt s father Fredy 64 and his sister Katia 36 took to the streets of La Guinera near their home in Havana with hundreds of other protesters the next day The protest in La Guinera was the most violent of the two days of the uprising and claimed the only death on record Fredy Beirut s ex wife Zoila Rodr guez 59 said he was arrested the same day as he was driving home on a motorcycle Seven days later the security forces called Katia who said she believed she had nothing to fear Instead she was accused by prosecutors of having filmed the events with her mobile phone to publish and encourage others to rebel according to the statement of charges that AFP had access to With 158 others the father and daughter were charged with sedition according to the human rights group Cubalex After months in preventive detention both were sentenced two days before Christmas to 20 years in prison When my daughter s father gets out of prison he won t get out alive he s 64 years old Rodr guez told AFP at his home in Havana Exeynt Beirut received a four year sentence in a separate public disorder trial Inconceivable Cubalex said dozens of people were injured during the July 11 and 12 protests and 1 355 were detained of whom 719 remain behind bars The revolt was met with a repression from the regime that provoked world condemnation Since then the government has arrested hundreds more in an attempt to instill fear and stifle dissent according to a recent Human Rights Watch report Many were detained without due process and subjected to sham trials and some were tortured he said My daughter and my husband began to be tried for the crime of public disorder which was changed to sedition said Rodr guez who now divides his time between visits to the prison and the care of Katia s nine year old son I my family all the people who are going through this are very angry he added It is inconceivable that in a country where people take to the streets and demonstrate peacefully they give it 20 years The prosecution accuses Fredy Katia and others of having shouted counterrevolutionary slogans and of using degrading phrases against the leadership of the country They have ended my life Another protester from La Guinera Dayron Mart n Rodr guez 36 was sentenced to 30 years in prison According to her 63 year old mother Esmeralda Rodr guez she had gone out to buy food for her pigeons when she came across a rally He started recording to send the video to his father he told AFP by phone from Ecuador where he now lives He was arrested and charged with being part of a mob that threw rocks and bottles at the police Her mother said Rodr guez told her on the phone that they have ended my life He will be 66 when he comes out The director of Cubalex Laritza Diversent told AFP that the harsh sentences were intended to deter The legal process has been plagued with due process violations he said without independent defense attorneys and closed door trials Most of the evidence they have is testimonies from state agents who used violence against protesters he said None of the videos revealed show the police attacks Some families continue to fight Andy Dunier Garc a Lorenzo 34 will go on trial this week after his arrest on July 11 in Santa Clara central Cuba and prosecutors are seeking a seven year sentence for public disorder His family has launched a campaign to collect food for the prisoners and is urging accredited embassies in Cuba to send observers to his trial Cuban officials deny the existence of political prisoners in the country They consider that the opposition is illegitimate and allege that it is financed by the United States Source Credit TheGuardian
In Cuba, 20-year sentence for filming protest

1 Three members of the Beirut family spent Christmas behind bars in Cuba, locked up for participating in unprecedented protests against a communist regime notoriously intolerant of dissent.

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2 They are among the hundreds of people detained since July 11, when spontaneous street protests in 50 cities saw thousands of people clamoring for change, chanting “Freedom”, “Down with the dictatorship” and “We are hungry.”

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3 Now the ax is falling, with sentences of up to 30 years handed down on charges ranging from public disorder to sedition.

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4 The family’s ordeal began on July 11 when 41-year-old Exeynt Beirut was detained in Guantánamo, eastern Cuba, on the first day of protests against harsh living conditions and government repression.

5 When they learned of his fate, Exeynt’s father, Fredy, 64, and his sister Katia, 36, took to the streets of La Guinera, near their home in Havana, with hundreds of other protesters the next day. .

6 The protest in La Guinera was the most violent of the two days of the uprising and claimed the only death on record.

7 Fredy Beirut’s ex-wife, Zoila Rodríguez, 59, said he was arrested the same day as he was driving home on a motorcycle.

8 Seven days later, the security forces called Katia, who said she believed she had nothing to fear.

9 Instead, she was accused by prosecutors of having filmed the events with her mobile phone to publish and encourage others to rebel, according to the statement of charges that AFP had access to.

10 With 158 others, the father and daughter were charged with sedition, according to the human rights group Cubalex.

11 After months in preventive detention, both were sentenced, two days before Christmas, to 20 years in prison.

12 “When my daughter’s father gets out (of prison) he won’t get out alive, he’s 64 years old,” Rodríguez told AFP at his home in Havana.

13 Exeynt Beirut received a four-year sentence in a separate public disorder trial.

14 ‘Inconceivable’
Cubalex said dozens of people were injured during the July 11 and 12 protests, and 1,355 were detained, of whom 719 remain behind bars.

15 The revolt was met with a repression from the regime that provoked world condemnation.

16 Since then, the government has arrested hundreds more in an attempt to instill fear and stifle dissent, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report.

17 Many were detained without due process and subjected to sham trials, and some were tortured, he said.

18 “My daughter and my husband began (to be tried) for the crime of public disorder, which was changed to sedition,” said Rodríguez, who now divides his time between visits to the prison and the care of Katia’s nine-year-old son. .

19 “I, my family, all the people who are going through this are very angry,” he added.

20 “It is inconceivable that … in a country where people take to the streets and demonstrate peacefully, they give it 20 years.”

21 The prosecution accuses Fredy, Katia and others of having shouted “counterrevolutionary slogans” and of using “degrading phrases against the leadership of the country.”

22 ‘They have ended my life’
Another protester from La Guinera, Dayron Martín Rodríguez, 36, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

23 According to her 63-year-old mother Esmeralda Rodríguez, she had gone out to buy food for her pigeons when she came across a rally.

24 “He started recording to send the video to his father,” he told AFP by phone from Ecuador, where he now lives.

25 He was arrested and charged with being part of a mob that threw rocks and bottles at the police.

26 Her mother said Rodríguez told her on the phone that “they have ended my life.” He will be 66 when he comes out.

27 The director of Cubalex, Laritza Diversent, told AFP that the harsh sentences were intended to deter.

28 The legal process has been plagued with due process violations, he said, without independent defense attorneys and closed-door trials.

29 “Most of the evidence they have is testimonies from state agents who used violence against protesters,” he said.

30 None of the videos revealed show the police attacks.

31 Some families continue to fight.

32 Andy Dunier García Lorenzo, 34, will go on trial this week after his arrest on July 11 in Santa Clara, central Cuba, and prosecutors are seeking a seven-year sentence for public disorder.

33 His family has launched a campaign to collect food for the prisoners and is urging accredited embassies in Cuba to send observers to his trial.

34 Cuban officials deny the existence of political prisoners in the country. They consider that the opposition is illegitimate and allege that it is financed by the United States.

35 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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