Three Cubans sentences of up to 30 years for “terrorist acts”

They ask for sentences of up to 30 years for three Cubans for "terrorist acts"

HAVANA, December 11. A prosecutor called for sentences of up to 30 years for three people accused of “terrorism” for allegedly throwing two Molotov cocktails and spreading“enemy propaganda” in Cuba, official media reported on Monday.

For its part, the Cuban Ministry of the Interior was more direct in its X network account: “A man and two women involved in terrorist actions paid for by mercenaries in the United States will serve sanctions of 20 to 30 years of deprivation of liberty,” it said. the portfolio about this process was recently held and announced on Sunday night.

This occurs in parallel with the complaint from the NGO Cubalex, which indicated that on the same Sunday some 40 people, including activists, human rights defenders and independent journalists, were the target of arrests or “police operations to prevent them from leaving” their homes in different parts of the country. country.

According to the state news, two women and a man were accused of throwing two homemade bombs last year at the archives of the municipal court of Centro Habana and at the premises of a Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, where one person was injured.

These three defendants would have been paid with telephone “recharges” by people living in the United States and included in a list published on Thursday in Cuba of individuals under criminal investigation on the communist island. Cuban authorities relate them to “terrorist” actions, the report added.

For its part, Cubalex, a human rights NGO based in the American city of Miami (Florida), indicated in its X account that about 40 people were subject to “repression, threats, arrests” and “surveillance” on International Day. from the human rights.

The NGO specified that among them is Wilber Aguilar, the father of a prisoner for the historical demonstrations of July 11, 2021, who “was detained while trying to leave his home” in a populous municipality of Havana.

According to Cubalex, the same thing happened with at least seven members of the opposition group Ladies in White, who were also arrested when they left their homes in this capital and in the neighboring province of Matanzas.

He also reported that State Security summoned some activists to police stations “to threaten them and prevent them from going out on the streets” and that others are being monitored in provinces such as Pinar del Río (west) and Camagüey (center-east).

These types of police actions, which usually last a few hours, occur regularly in anticipation of days that can generate some type of social tension.