After being released from Villa Marista, activist Yasmany González laments the cowardice of Cubans

After being released from Villa Marista, activist Yasmany González laments the cowardice of Cubans

The activist Yasmany González Valdés announced this Monday that he will stop publishing on social networks after being released this Sunday after four days in Villa Marista, the State Security headquarters in Havana. The young man was arrested last Thursday as part of the police operations around the date of May 1.

“I’m already at home with my family (…) I’m going to take off, gentleman, nobody knows what a family member goes through when you’re in there,” wrote González on his Facebook account a few hours after his release. The activist lamented the lack of solidarity of the Cuban population with the dissidents.

The young man, who works as a self-employed bricklayer, gave as an example the well-known activist Carlos Ernesto Díaz González (known on social media as Ktivo Disidente), who on April 28 climbed a wall on San Rafael Boulevard in La Havana and asked for freedom for Cubans, but received no support from the people.

“Clearer than the video of Ktivo asking for freedom alone and people telling him: ‘Shut up!’ : “This goes for the opponents and for the whole world, Ktivo is in prison for lack of support, so draw your own conclusions.”

“I’m already at home with my family (…) I’m going to take off, gentleman, nobody knows what happens to a family member when you’re in there”

Last Saturday, González’s wife was able to send him some personal hygiene products in Villa Marista, as confirmed to 14ymedio. The guards did not specify, at that time, if the activist was going to be prosecuted for any crime and limited themselves to announcing to the wife that he could visit the detainee next Wednesday if he was still under arrest by then.

This is not the first run-in that González has had with the political police. On April 12, he was fined with the application of Decree Law 370 for his publications on social networks in which he frequently denounces the violations of human rights on the Island and demands the release of those sentenced for the protests of 11 of July.

According to the Inventory Project, on that occasion González was summoned to the National Revolutionary Police, “they took him to a cell and after a while, they took him to a room before a State Security officer and two inspectors from the Ministry of Communications of Cuba”, where they applied a fine of 3,000 pesos.

“They carried several of my publications in print. They told me that my post and my videos incited violence and that if I made another one they would prosecute me,” Yasmany González told Proyecto Inventario. This bricklayer’s fine is number 56 imposed by Decree 370, according to records published by the Inventory Project. .


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