Castro regime enlisting violent inmates to physically assault prisoner of conscience in Cuba
It is a tactic used by Cuba's brutal Castro dictatorship that more than one former Cuban prisoner of conscience has documented: the enlisting of violent inmates from a prison's common population to physically assault and beat prisoners of conscience. Inmates incarcerated for violent crimes are offered extra food, increased conjugal visits, and other privileges by Castro prison officials in return for brutally attacking and beating a political prisoner. Personally, I have heard many firsthand accounts of this vile practice from the victims themselves.
Family accuses Cuban officials of ordering attack on prisoner of conscience Alexei Vargas
The Castro dictatorship is using a familar tactic to target prisoner of conscience Alexei Vargas Martín.
Vargas' wife, Yusmila Jessica Mikel, told the Hablemos Press news agency that other inmates at the Aguadores prison in Santiago de Cuba had informed her that prison officials had ordered a common prisoner known as "Limonta" to attack Vargas on Sept. 17 -- a tactic used often in the Castro gulag to target the regime's imprisoned opponents.
Limonta, who is charged with maintaining discipline in Vargas' cell block, attacked Vargas with a handmade weapon, leaving Vargas with an injury to his hand, according to the report.
"This incident was ordered by the political police officers working in the prison," Mikel said.
An activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, Vargas was arrested Nov. 27, 2012, after a confrontation with a regime-ordered mob outside his mother's house. His brothers, Vianco and Django Vargas, were arrested a few days later when they went to a police station to inquire about their brother.
Last month, Amnesty International designated the brothers as "prisoners of conscience," judging their arrests and detentions to be politically motivated.
Alexi Vargas' family accused prison officials of subjecting to various abuses since he was jailed.
"On several occasions he has been physically and verbally assaulted by guards and inmates on the orders of prison authorities, because of his rebellious stance against the regime," said his mother Martin Calderin Miraidar.