Díaz-Canel accuses the US of trying to "revive" the 11J protests in Cuba

Díaz-Canel accuses the US of trying to "revive" the 11J protests in Cuba

(EFE).- The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, accused this Monday the United States Embassy in Havana of “reviving what happened” in the anti-government protests of the July 11 last.

The ruler charged against Washington during his speech at the closing of the extraordinary sessions of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), in which former president Raúl Castro (2008-2018) was present.

In addition, he pointed out to the United States to promote actions to “provoke a social outbreak” on the Island.

According to Díaz-Canel, the United States -which he accused of “cynicism”- has built “versions infamous of the trialsagainst the 11J protesters.

“Blind with frustration, the empire and its employees resort to old practices of attack with modern techniques of unconventional warfare,” the ruler censured.

According to the Cuban Attorney General’s Office, 790 people have been prosecuted for these protests, of which 55 are between 16 and 17 years old.

Since December, trials of 11J protesters have been registered in the country, with hundreds of defendants.

According to Díaz-Canel, the United States has constructed “infamous versions of the trials” against the 11J protesters.

The United States and the European Union, as well as Cuban and international NGOs, have denounced irregularities in the processes and criticized the high prison sentences, which have sometimes reached 30 years.

Díaz-Canel also rejected Washington’s accusations that accuse the island of imprisoning under 16 years old who participated in the protests.

“From the country that holds world records for incarceration and prison mistreatment of girls and boys, we are accused of having tried and sentenced minors under 16 years of age,” he criticized. The minimum criminal age in Cuba is 16 years, according to the Island Prosecutor’s Office.

In recent weeks, the president assured that “the established legal procedure” was applied to 27 children under 16 years of age.

Ten were interned in schools for comprehensive training and conduct and 17 were given “individualized attention” in their own school.

The NGO Prisoners Defendersfor its part, assured in its last count that at the end of March it had registered measures against at least 26 adolescents between 14 and 17 years old.

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