It’s two years in the gulag for Cuban YouTuber Yoandi Montiel Hernandez, known as the “Cuban Cat” on social media, for ridiculing communist Cuba’s sock puppet president Diaz-Canel. This is socialism in action.
‘El Gato de Cuba’ sentenced to two years in prison for criticizing the regime
Influencer Yoandi Montiel Hernandez, know as “El Gato Cubano,” was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of disrespect, according to Osmay Perez from the influencer’s media channel.
Perez said “El Gato” may be released in about 5 months since the young man has already been held since April 12, 2021, although there is “no guarantee that will happen.”
With no prior notice, the trial that was scheduled for April 8 was instead held on April 7. Prosecutors were asking for 5 years in prison. A plea agreement between the defense attorney and prosecutors reduced the charges to disrespect.
Montiel had been held at the main provincial prison in Havana and is currently being held at the Valle Grande prison.
At the time of his arrest, “El Gato de Cuba” had more than 74,000 followers on YouTube and 144,000 on Facebook. He used sarcasm on these platforms to criticize the polices of the regime. In fact, Castro officials told him his arrest was prompted by a video he posted “ridiculing” the president, Miguel Diaz-Canel.
The YouTuber’s father, Lazaro Montiel, considers his son’s sentence to be unjust.
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