While the world’s eyes are focused on Ukraine, the communist Castro dictatorship is sentencing peaceful protesters by the dozens to long prison sentences.
Dozen Cuban protesters given 5 to 16 year sentences
Twelve Cubans who took part in unprecedented anti-government protests last July were sentenced to between five and 16 years in prison, convicted of sabotage, public disorder and theft, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.
The court said “13 citizens, accused of committing and provoking serious disturbances and vandalism” in the city of Cardenas, 140 kilometers (90 miles) east of Havana, were tried in December in a military court.
One person was acquitted but the other 12 were found guilty of sabotage, public disorder, aggression, aggravated robbery and intimidation, the court said.
It did not give the ages of those convicted, nor specify what each individual was accused of.
They have the right to appeal their sentences.
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