The absence of outrage and silence by leftist activists over the shooting death by police of an unarmed young black man in Cuba say loud and clear: Black Lives Don’t Matter in communist Cuba.
#OTD in 2020 a 27 year old unarmed black Cuban was shot in the back and killed by police. A year later and no one has been held accountable.
Do Black Cuban lives matter in Cuba?
On June 24, 2020 in Guanabacoa, Cuba 27 year old unarmed black Cuban, Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano was shot in the back and killed by the police. The official version claims that he was stealing pieces and accessories from a bus stop when he was spotted by two Revolutionary National Police (PNR in Spanish). Upon seeing the police Hansel ran away and the officers pursued him nearly two kilometers. PNR claimed that during the pursuit Hansel threw rocks at the officers. Police fired two warning shots and a third in his back killing him. Hansel’s body was quickly cremated.
This prevented an independent autopsy to verify official claims, or a proper funeral.
On June 25, 2020 a woman, identifying as the young man’s aunt, posted on Facebook a photo of the dead youth who, she said, had been the victim of the national revolutionary police a day earlier.
“I feel deep pain for the murder of my nephew Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano committed yesterday morning in La Lima, Guanabacoa (in eastern Havana), by two patrolmen (police),” she wrote. “We, the family members, ask for mercy that this cruel act at the hands of our supposed national security does not go unpunished in any way. Because a police officer, a uniform, does not give the right to murder anyone in such a way. If we know very well that they are trained with personal defense, they must carry spray, tonfas, etc. Why then did they have to resort to their firearm and take a son from a mother, a father, a nephew from their aunt, a brother from their younger sister … Noting that he was NEVER armed, please, justice.”
On June 28, 2020 independent journalist Jorge Enrique Rodríguez was arrested and charged with “Fake news” for reporting on this police killing. The Committee to Protect Journalists has called for Jorge Enrique’s immediate release.
Over social media demonstrations were announced for June 30 to protest the killing of Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano. Other journalists in the lead up to the June 30th planned protests were detained or their homes laid siege to in order to stop them reporting on Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano’s killing and reactions to his extrajudicial execution.
Secret police began shutting off internet connections, cell phones and arbitrarily detaining those they suspected would take part in peaceful protests.
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