A young 9/11 protester moves from prison to a "open regime"

Andy García’s family denounces that the political prisoner of 11J is “in poor health”

Andy García Lorenzo, one of the imprisoned protesters on July 11 in Santa Clara, “is in poor health and has not received the medical care he needs,” his sister Roxana García Lorenzo denounced on social networks. The young man is isolated in the El Yabú infirmary, the labor camp where he is serving his sentence, on the outskirts of the municipal seat of Villa Clara.

“It is not known if it is an ingestion”, clarified García Lorenzo in a live broadcast. During the past August 13, he presented “more than six consecutive vomiting and diarrhea in less than half an hour”, according to what the family learned from a call that Andy made to them this Wednesday.

After presenting these symptoms, the other inmates “began yelling at the guards to help him and they paid no attention” until half an hour had passed. The young man at that time was inside one of the bedrooms and only after two hours he was transferred to a hospital.

“He says that his mouth turned, his tongue went backwards, he was short of breath, he had no strength to get up,” describes García Lorenzo, and denounces: “All this was not reported to the family, we finished it to know now and it was a few days ago”.

After presenting these symptoms, the other inmates “began to yell at the guards to help him and they paid no attention” until after half an hour

The political prisoner “hasn’t eaten for two days,” he told his family, “not because he’s planted” on a hunger strike, but because “the diet they sent him doesn’t have it in there” to prevent him from getting sick again. “And even us relatives are not allowed to bring him medicine or the food” that he needs.

García Lorenzo also denounced that his brother no longer has rehydration salts and they have not given him medication in prison. “He was in the infirmary and no one even asked him how he was. The same inmates put him in the ambulance,” because no prison worker helped him.

“Andy told me that it was the closest moment he has been to his death, that he felt like he was really going to die and not even we knew anything,” the young woman insisted.

García Lorenzo did not miss the opportunity to recall that his brother “is innocent and is stuck in a place [la cárcel] that shouldn’t be. His life is in danger for fun.” He also said that the young man “has a family that is going to stand up for him.”

What happens with Andy is going to have “a political cost,” he warned, “because we are not going to shut up.” He assured that his family is tired of “so much misery, so much repression and so much mistreatment.”

“Andy told me that it was the closest moment he has been to his death, that he felt like he was really going to die and not even we knew anything”

Andy García Lorenzo, 24, was sentenced to four years in prison on January 10, along with 15 other protesters who took to the streets during 11J. The Prosecutor’s Office proposed for his case an initial sentence of seven years in prison for public disorder, contempt and attack.

Following an appeal in late May, he was “temporarily released”, pending “continuation of serving his sentence in an open field”. Despite the joy of the moment, the García Lorenzo family understood that their fight for Andy’s freedom was far from over. A few days later he was arrested on the street when he was traveling with his father on a motorcycle and transferred to The Yabu.

Since he was arrested, his family has been one of the most active in defending the political prisoners of 11J and has repeatedly denounced the harassment they have suffered from State Security.


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