The US on Thursday condemned the “politically motivated trials” of more than 90 Cubans who participated in unprecedented anti-government protests in July.
“As of December 13, the Cuban regime has tried 90+ # 11J protesters across Cuba,” said Brian Nichols, assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, in a hashtag tweet referring to street demonstrations on Nov. July relates.
“The world sees the extent of these injustices,” said the State Department official. “Silencing fraudulent allegations and cruel detention conditions for peaceful demonstrators.”
Nichols said Cuban authorities are demanding sentences of up to 25 years in prison for some of the protesters.
A State Department spokesman said Nichols’ tweet should “draw attention to the ongoing detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters after historic peaceful protests in July, as well as the politically motivated trials of the Cuban regime”.
“These ongoing legal proceedings, which are taking place all over the island at the same time, are a violation of Cubans’ human rights and their demands for freedom,” the spokesman said.
“Cuban prosecutors fabricated false or unjust allegations such as ‘incitement to hatred’ for the actions of peaceful protesters during July 11th in order to silence dissidents, quell future peaceful protests and intimidate critics of the regime,” added the spokesman.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Cuban government appears to be holding the charges during the holiday season in order to “hide its human rights abuses.”
Nationwide protests against Cuba’s communist regime were the largest since the 1959 revolution.
On July 11th and 12th, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in around 50 cities and towns shouting “Freedom” and “We are hungry” to protest the harsh living conditions and government repression.
According to the Miami-based human rights group Cubalex, around 1,270 people were arrested.
Havana has accused Washington of causing the unrest.
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