“To the streets until we triumph, Fatherland and Life!”: Facebook posts might earn Cuban influencer ten years in prison

Sulmira Martínez Pérez, a.k.a. “Salem”: “A la Calle, hasta el triunfo, Patria y Vida”.

From our Bureau of Socialist Tolerance, Compassion, and Social Justice

It doesn’t take much to earn yourself a long prison sentence in Castrogonia. Here is one news story that proves this. Castro, Inc.’s prosecutors want to keep a young influencer behind bars for a decade due to Facebook posts in which she called for a repeat of the 11 July protests that occurred in 2021. She has already spent a year and a half in prison without a trial. O, the wonders of socialist social justice!

Loosely translated from CiberCuba

The Cuban regime has requested a 10-year prison sentence for young influencer Sulmira Martínez Pérez, known on social media as Salem, who was imprisoned in January 2023 for her Facebook posts.

According to the prosecution’s request, accessed by Martí Noticias, the 22-year-old is accused of inciting Cubans to protest against Miguel Díaz-Canel’s regime through a series of Facebook posts, in which she called for the repetition of the peaceful demonstrations of July 11, 2021.

The document details that she is accused of contempt and committing crimes against the constitutional order, which carry sentences of two years and nine years, respectively.

The combined requested sentence is 10 years in prison, along with additional penalties of deprivation of rights, confiscation of property, and a ban on leaving the national territory, in accordance with articles 42.1, 52.1, and 59.1 of the Penal Code, explained the cited media outlet.

Martínez Pérez has been detained since January 10, 2023, and despite having no prior criminal record, she has since remained in Guatao prison under a “provisional detention measure.”

Her mother, Norma Pérez, said that her daughter “has been accused of things that are not true, some things that are true, but also things that are lies,” and affirmed that the young woman “is very angry.”

Pérez added that when the trial is held, the prosecutor will present numerous pieces of evidence, including a statement from the accused obtained “after forcing her to read what was written on a paper” and the results of a search of her phone and her home in Las Guásimas, in the Havana municipality of Arroyo Naranjo.

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