Another prominent Cuban dissident receives 4-year prison sentence for taking part in July 11 protests

Félix Navarro Rodríguez

From our Bureau of Totally Unenlightened Socialist Despotism (Actually our Bureau of Socialist Open-Mindedness, Tolerance, and Social Justice, which decided to spice up things a bit during this bleak period of constant repression by changing its name).

More of the same. Another leading dissident gets sent to jail. Unfortunately, sentences such as this will continue to be handed down by Castro, Inc.’s courts regularly over the next few days, weeks, and months.

The July 11 protests have scared the crap out of the military junta. So, let’s call this special time Black Spring 2.0. It’s a replay of 2003, only this time the number of those arrested is much higher.

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

Félix Navarro Rodríguez is the second dissident from the Group of 75 jailed during the Black Spring of 2003 to return to prison for his activism for a democratic Cuba, when sources from the island report that he was transferred again to the Combinado del Sur prison in Matanzas.

On Tuesday it became known that José Daniel Ferrer, sentenced like Navarro to 25 years in prison in 2003 during the Black Spring, must now serve 4 years in prison.

Both leaders were members of the Council for the Democratic Transition in Cuba: Ferrer, as President and Navarro, held one of the vice-presidencies.

As president of the Pedro Luis Boitel Abraham Democracy Party, Navarro is one of the main opposition leaders in Cuba. He was arrested on July 12 along with his daughter Sayli Navarro at the Perico police station, in the Matanzas municipality where they reside.

On July 24, it was learned that he was in the Combinado del Sur, along with fellow opponents Armando Abascal, Francisco Rangel and Leylandis Puentes, but after being infected with COVID-19 he was transferred to the “Mario Muñoz Monroy” Military Hospital.

Abascal, detained for participating in the popular protests of July 11, in Carlos Rojas, Matanzas, is being accused of public disorder, according to his wife Ania Zamora in statements to Radio Martí.

His wife also confirmed that Navarro had already been transferred to the Combinado del Sur prison.