Cuba: Castro dictatorship postpones trial for imprisoned dissident Sonia Garro #FREESonia
Sonia Garro and her husband have been unjustly imprisoned in Cuba since March of last year where they have been subjected to mistreatment and abuse. While this Afro Cuban woman has been rotting in a Castro gulag, dozens of American politicos and celebrities have visited the island as VIP guests of Cuba's apartheid dictatorship -- most notably Jay-Z and Beyonce. However, not one of them has dared to mention Sonia's name, let alone advocate for her release.
Nevertheless, Cubans both on and off the island have been joined by various human rights groups and organizations to denounce this atrocity and the Castro dictatorship is obviously feeling the heat. Sonia Garro's farcical trial, which was scheduled to commence this morning, has been postponed. However, the protest scheduled to take place this morning outside of Cuba's UN mission in New York City will continue as planned.
Trial of Cuban Lady In White Sonia Garro Alfosno postponed #FreeSonia
The trial of of Cuban Dama De Blanco Sonia Garro Alfonso, her husband Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González and another activist, Eugenio Hernández Hernández, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed, according to reports from the island.
No reason was given for the delay -- a prominent dissident said it is common for trials of dissidents to be delayed. But maybe it was because the authorities feared a large demonstration of support from Garro's fellow Damas and other activists. On Thursday, police blocked several members of the group from going to the Havana airport to welcome the group's leader, Berta Soler, after a visit to the United States, according to Martinoticias.
The authorities did not disclose the new trial date.
Garro, Munoz and Hernandez have been in jail since March 2012 after they were arrested in a police raid during which officers fired rubber bullets. The arrests were part of crackdown in advance of Pope Benedixt XVI's visit to Cuba.
Only recently did the government file formal charges against the three: Assault, public disorder and attempted murder; and disclose recommended punishments: 10 years for Alfonso, 14 years for Munoz and 11 years for Hernandez.
In response, supporters of Alfonso and the others will take to the streets, and the Internet, on Friday to demand the Castro dictatorship release them. Whether on Facebook or Twitter, use the hash take #FreeSonia.
And if you are in New York City, you can participate in a protest outside the Cuban Mission to the United Nations.