Show trial for July 11 protesters in Santa Clara, Cuba begins under a heavy military presence

Despite arresting and imprisoning hundreds of peaceful protesters from the July 11 uprising in Cuba, the fear and desperation of the communist Castro dictatorship has not waned.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

In proceedings surrounded by police and the military, the trial for July 11 protesters in Santa Clara begin

The trial of protesters from July 11 in Santa Clara began on Monday, January 10, at the Villa Clara Provincial Court under the strict vigilance of State Security and other forces of oppression that guarded the location.

It was from there that Roxana Garcia Lorenzo, the sister of political prisoner Andy Dunier Garcia Lorenzo, one of the accused, described the situation to Radio Martí.

“In front of the court there’s a small park where people wait out the trials, and even the park has been fenced off completely with yellow police tape. It is militarized, completely, Black Berets, police . . . And they put a security camera on us the family members because we’re all waiting in the same place,” said the young woman.

In regards to the legal proceedings, she said the family members are all very tense.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, and the police is here all the time,” she said.

According to Roxana, the trial will last three to four days. Only Andy’s mother, Mrs. Tairi Lorenzo Prado, was allowed to enter since authorities only permit one family member to be present.

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