Shocking! German news outlet pays attention to young Cuban protesters receiving long prison sentences

Emilio Román has three children imprisoned after the 11J protests in Cuba. The youngest, Emiyoslán, will serve 18 years in prison.

From our Bureau of Unusual Moments in Journalism with some help from our Bureau of Momentary Relief From Blindness

Wow. Last month, Deutsche Welle dared to focus on a normally forbidden topic: the cruelty of the Cuban dictatorship and its so-called “justice system.” And yesterday, it published an even longer article on this subject!

Ay, Mami! Que susto! Will this diminish the flow of German tourists to Castrogonia’s apartheid hotels and resorts? Will this spur efforts to increase sanctions against Castro, Inc. at the European Union Parliament?

Yeah, sure. And this will also cause dogs to suddenly sprout wings and fly. As they say in New York, fuhggeddaboudditt

Loosely translated and abridged From Deutsche Welle

In his first appearance before the foreign press after the protests, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez not only assured that most of the detained people were released after being fined, or under house precautions. He also denied that there were minors detained and summoned to identify them. “There are few and we are evaluating”, denied hours later, inadvertently, the Attorney General Yamila Peña.

Two weeks ago, after six months of registering and denouncing cases by independent media and activists such as those of the working group on politically motivated detentions Justicia 11J and the Cubalex legal advisory NGO, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) issued a communicated with the first official global data.

A total number of detainees is not offered, which Justice 11J places at more than 1,300, mainly thanks to the information provided by the families. But it is revealed that of “790 people indicted for acts of vandalism”, 710 have been brought to court to be judged, grouped in a hundred massive files. Nearly 70 percent of them are in pretrial detention. 55 are minors between 16 and 18 years of age. Of them, 28 serve provisional prison.

They are accused of crimes such as public disorder, incitement to commit a crime, damage, robbery with force and violence, attack, sabotage and even sedition. They justify the latter with “the level of violence demonstrated”, “the serious disturbance of public order” and “the deliberate purpose of subverting the constitutional order” of the island, which establishes the socialist system as “inalienable”.

Most of the minors registered by Justice 11J are confined in the Penitentiary Establishment for Youth of the West, in Havana, Salomé García Bacallao, coordinator of this group of activists, tells DW. But they also register cases in the provinces of Holguín and Matanzas. Sedition, “an eminently political charge” because it involves a crime against State security, is the most common charge charged against them, he warns.

In addition, the Prosecutor’s Office recognizes the application of the “established legal procedure” to 27 minors under 16 years of age, who would have participated in the commission of crimes together with adults. In Cuba, minors under 16 years of age are not subject to criminal law, so 10 were interned in “comprehensive training and behavior schools” and 17 would be receiving “individualized attention” in their regular schools. Justice 11J has identified minors up to 12 years of age among them.

Most of these minors come from families and neighborhoods “humble, marginalized, with few resources” to communicate and denounce by internet or mobile phone, as well as to know the laws and claim their rights, agree the activists consulted by DW. That reality, evident in the photos and videos of the 11J protests, and in those of the subsequent complaints from their families, became noticeable when trying to communicate with them. Not a few denounce having suffered reprisals for overcoming, seeking advice and complaining.

Whole story HERE in Spanish

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