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Disturbing hidden videos from Havana prison smuggled out of Cuba

The Miami Herald has an exclusive report -- including photographs and footage -- of ten hidden videos taken inside a notorious Havana prison and smuggled out of Cuba:

Cuban inmates complain of poor conditions, food in video smuggled from Havana prison

Inmates at the Combinado del Este — Cuba’s largest and possibly most notorious prison — complain of prison conditions and lousy food.

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Ten videos smuggled out of Cuba’s biggest and reputedly worst prison, in an unusually daring operation by a dissident, show grotesquely dirty toilets, grimy walls, leaking sewage and food described as worse than “animal feed.”

“Show this video to the international community, how this miserable dictatorship commits cruelties against humanity,” says the videos’ main narrator, an India citizen serving a 30-year sentence in Havana’s high security Combinado del Este prison.

Havana dissident journalist Dania Virgen García, who writes the blog “Cuba por Dentro” — Inside Cuba — said the videos were shot in late January with a digital camera smuggled into the prison “so that everyone can see Cuba’s reality.” They were provided exclusively to El Nuevo Herald.

The videos — which also showed several inmates, including a U.S. citizen complaining about prison conditions — appeared to be the first ever smuggled out of Cuba’s 200-plus prisons. Their views of prison buildings matched those of the Combinado del Este prison.

Human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz said the prison is “one of the worst in sanitation” in a system marked by “inhuman and degrading conditions” that is one of Latin America’s worst because Cuba is the only nation in the region that does not allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to inspect its prisons.

The rest of the report, more photographs and video available HERE.

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