Cuba again abusing rights of political prisoners
Cuba's mistreatment of two political prisoners documented at Uncommon Sense:
Cuban activist José Eric García Rodríguez sentenced to 3 years in prison
José Eric García Rodríguez, a Camaguey activist with the Voice of the People Democratic Movement earlier this month was sentenced to three years in prison after authorities found him in possession of anti-government leaflets, according to the Hablemos Press news agency.
Garcia, 37, was arrested Sept. 11, and 72 hours he was tried, convicted and sentenced.
"For us, the real reason for the arrest is that he was very active in the activities we were doing for the 4th anniversary of our organization, held on the 5th of this month," said Jorge Gastónberry, head of the Voice of the People Democratic Movement.
In jail, Garcia started a hunger strike.
In response, prison guards ordered other inmates to attack and beat him.
Afterwards, according to his uncle, guards threw Garcia into a tiny punishment cell, complete with no light or water.
Cuban prison guards severely beat hunger-striking political prisoner
Guards at the Guamajal prison in Villa Clara on Sept. 24 delivered a severe beating to political prisoner Marcelino Abreu Bonora, in apparent retaliation for a hunger strike he started three days earlier, according to a report posted at Payo LIbre.
Other prisoners told Abreu's sister that after beating him, guards threw Abreu into a tiny punishment cell and denied him needed medical care.
As for his hunger strike, started to demand his immediate release from jail, Abreu is continuing with his protest, a prisoner told human rights monitors last week.
Abreu was arrested Aug. 13, 2012 -- Fidel Castro's birthday -- after the police caught him distributing anti-government leaflets and shouting anti-Castro slogans.
It wasn't until more than a year later, on Aug. 29, 2013, that Abreu was tried, convicted of bogus charges of "public disorder" and "disrespecting" Fidel Castro and sentenced to 4 years in prison.