Young Cuban who painted anti-government graffiti faces 15 years in prison

For young people in communist Cuba, expressing discontent with the government doesn’t result in a citation or a fine, but in years in a Castro gulag. This is socialism in action.

Via CubaNet (my translation):

Prosecutors seek 15 years in prison for Cuban who painted criticism of Diaz-Canel

The young Cuban man Jorge Luis Boada Valdés, imprisoned since February 2022 for painting graffiti against the ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel in different places in his neighborhood in Lawton, Diez de Octubre, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison. That is the request from the Prosecutor’s Office, as reported to Diario de Cuba by his father, Jorge Luis Boada Ramos.

“We do not have a trial date, but the lawyer in charge of my son’s defense says the oral hearing should be this month or the next. We believe this prosecutorial request is excessive, but the Prosecutor’s Office argues that he is not only facing charges for what he wrote against Díaz-Canel, but also because he called for protests through his social networks,” explained Boada Ramos.

According to his statements, his son, who remains in the Valle Grande penitentiary center, is accused of enemy propaganda. However, in the current Cuban Penal Code, this offense can be punished with a maximum penalty of ten years of imprisonment.

Last May, Jorge Luis Boada Ramos called on the international community to intervene for the release of his son and the rest of the those imprisoned for political reasons.

“I am not speaking for my son, I am speaking for all the young people who, like him, are now in different prisons experiencing the same situation. I make a plea to the entire world to stand up in favor of the entire situation of young political prisoners who are in Cuba serving sentences for different reasons,” he asked on that occasion.

In an interview with CubaNet, Boada Ramos denounced that his son is at risk in the Valle Grande prison, “because he is being held with people who have nothing to do with him, people [confined] for common crimes, people who steal, assault, injure, people who are lost.”