Cuban dissident languishes in punishment cell for shouting “Down With Castro”

Yolanda Carmenate Fernández

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

Since July 25, political prisoner Yolanda Carmenate Fernández, 61, has been imprisoned in a punishment cell in the Veguitas prison in Las Tunas province, her son Cristian Pérez Carmenate reported to Radio Martí.

“My mother has spent four months in a punishment cell between time intervals, the last because three prisoners incited by members of the Castro regime went to shout slogans in favor of the regime, so she shouted ‘down with Castro, live UNPACU’, and was dragged to the punishment cell, “said Pérez Carmenate.

Last March, the activist of UNPACU put some posters in her home that said “Up with human rights” (Vivan los Derechos Humanos) and “Down with the dictatorship” (Abajo la dictatadura), after which she was subjected to an act of repudiation. For this action, she was sentenced to one year and three months in prison on charges of contempt and incitement to disorder and taken to jail.

“On the 30th, she had a visit and when we arrived we found that she was in the punishment cell, and the prison authorities did not want to give us information.  We only found out about the punishment cell from some prisoners who explained what had happened,” said Carmenate’s son.

Activists of UNPACU and other organizations have denounced the beatings, police harassment and persecution that the activist has been subjected to since 2016.

“Officially we have never been told (he is in a punishment cell).” When we went to ask about our mother a week ago the response of the prison was to call the police, and we were thrown out of prison, “said Perez Carmenate