A 9/11 protester who was imprisoned in Cuba is arrested by the US Coast Guard

A 9/11 protester who was imprisoned in Cuba is arrested by the US Coast Guard

Adonis Alexander Remon León is the last of the detained Cuban protesters of July 11, 2021 who has made it to the United States. As stated to Radio Television Martí his mother, Elizabeth León, the 28-year-old “is under investigation” on a US Coast Guard ship to “see if the credible fear is true.” For demonstrating peacefully, the regime accuses him of the crimes of public disorder, attack, incitement to commit a crime and damage, according to the report on detainees prepared by the Justice 11J platform.

Remon León was in “home confinement” awaiting trial, after spending a few months incarcerated in the Combinado del Este, the largest prison in Cuba, where he was even in the hospital in critical conditions, always according to the Justice report. 11J. In September 2021, he was changed to home prison and, released, received threats so that he would not go out on the following November 15, the date that Archipelago chose for the frustrated Civic March for Change.

On December 6, he left the Island in the company of 29 other people from La Güinera, but on the way they were intercepted by the Coast Guard. “They left looking for their freedom,” said the mother, who assures that everyone from the group was repatriated except Adonis, who requested political asylum.

“He raised the situation that if he returned, they would leave him in prison,” stressed Elizabeth León. Adonis had also been denied work, “they told him not to go anywhere anymore, that they don’t give him work here in Cuba.”

The 28-year-old “is under investigation” on a US Coast Guard vessel to “see if the credible fear is true.”

In the group of rafters was another 9/11 protester, whose name was not released and who was not allowed to stay on the ship. After being deported he was arrested by State Security.

Remon León was arrested for his participation in the peaceful demonstrations last year and detained for 59 days in the detention center of the Technical Department of Investigations of the Ministry of the Interior, at 100 and Aldabó. Subsequently, he was in pretrial detention in the Jovenes del Cotorro prison in Havana and, finally, in the Combinado del Este, from where the precautionary measure was changed to home confinement.

The activist Salomé García Bacallao revealed through his Twitter account that the July 11 protesters Yunier Soto Sanabria and Deoban Rodríguez Morales had also fled the Island. “Everyone has the right to request political asylum and there are sufficient arguments to demonstrate their credible fear.”

García Bacallao recalled that “the protests in the La Güinera neighborhood of the capital lasted until July 12, when a protester, Laurencio Tejedahe was killed by the police and others were injured, including a minor.” The regime lashed out at this neighborhood.

Last Saturday, the Coast Guard repatriated Cuba in the ships ray evans Y Charles David to 152 rafters. According to official figures, since October 1, 2,982 have seen their attempts to reach Florida frustrated. “Every day our teams work together to protect our borders and serve America,” said Customs and Border Patrol Air and Marine Operations Officer Gerald Burgess.

Despite surveillance by sea and air, this Sunday the Border Patrol reported the disembarkation of 79 rafters in Florida. The chief officer of the Miami sector, Walter Slosar, shared images of the rafts in which these Cubans arrived who were taken into custody and mentioned that from October to date, 131 people have been detained for “maritime smuggling.”

The rafters were also news in Mexico. On Friday, 10 Cubans disembarked, two women and eight men, on Passion Island, a protected natural area of ​​Cozumel surrounded by mangroves. The group applied for asylum, but the immigration authorities have not yet defined their situation.

Last September, the fisherman Javier Robles told 14ymedio that it had been reactivated escape route for Cubans through Cancun, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. “There are some comrades who fish at night, what? Needless to say. Suddenly, fishing boats from Cancun appear in Cuba and nobody knows anything.”

The coyotes, as a Cuban revealed to this newspaper that same month, organize outings through Pinar del Río and charge them $7,000. The exits, he pointed out, respond to desperation, “at this point many people are going to start drinking here.”


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