Those who think socialism rescues the poor and is the only hope for the young should take a look at how that’s working out in communist Cuba.
In Cuba’s poorest communities, youths could face decades in jail after protests
Young Cuban protesters from Havana’s poorest neighbourhoods face decades behind bars at upcoming trials, relatives and rights groups said, amid a crackdown on some of those who took part in last year’s unprecedented anti-government demonstrations.
The July 11-12 protests saw thousands take to the streets in towns and cities across the island, many denouncing the communist-run government and shortages of food, medicine and electricity at a time when cases of coronavirus were soaring.
Human rights watchdogs say more than 1,000 people were arrested following the protests. Trials for those accused of serious crimes began in mid-December and some have already led to prison terms of more than 20 years, according to the groups and interviews with families of the accused.
Cuba’s government did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on the trials.
Authorities on the island, however, have previously said those arrested were guilty of crimes including public disorder, resisting arrest, robbery and vandalism. Cuba blames the United States for funding the July unrest and fanning it.
In the poor Havana district of La Guinera – where a march on July 12 was followed by vandalism, a confrontation with police and the only death during the unrest – Reuters spoke with more than a dozen residents who said neighbourhood youth who joined the rallies now faced stiff prison sentences.
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