Jonathan Torres' mother will start a hunger strike in a church to demand his release

Jonathan Torres’ mother will start a hunger strike in a church to demand his release

Bárbara Farrat Guillén, mother of Jonathan Torres Farrat, one of the young people imprisoned for the protests on July 11 (11J) in Havana, has carried out two 24-hour fasts and confirmed to 14ymedio that he will start a hunger and thirst strike together with the father of his son in demand for his release.

“The strike started on the 11th [de diciembre] because the 10th is my son’s visit and I need to tell him the decision I made and to say goodbye to him since I don’t know what will happen “, wrote Farrat Guillén this Monday on his Facebook profile, when he announced that he will make his protest publicly in a church, still without specifying, “so that everyone can see that it is real and they can go to support us.”

The young man, who turned 17 that same Sunday, July 11 and is asthmatic in addition to suffering from heart disease, was not arrested immediately, but a month later, on August 13, when he was identified in two videos seized by the police.

“I need to get my son out of jail. This whole process is not only affecting him, but also the whole family, even his son, just one month and ten days old,” Farrat Guillén told this newspaper in anguish.

In the videos that the police presented to accuse Jonathan Torres, he said Farrat Guillen to Radio and Television Martí, his son is observed with a stick and also that he picks up a stone and throws it. For this reason, they accuse him of “attack”, “public disorder” and “spread of epidemic”. However, so far neither the young man nor his family have been handed over the prosecutor’s request.

“I need to get my son out of jail. This whole process is not only affecting him, but also the whole family, even his son, who is only one month and ten days old.”

“It is true that my son appears in a video throwing a stone but it was because there were hundreds of police attacking them [los manifestantes]”said Farrat Guillén in a interview to CiberCuba, in which he also assures that before arriving at the “evidence” that accused his son, the instructor showed him numerous images “in which the officers are seen throwing stones” at those who protested that Sunday.

“Here [en el municipio de Diez de Octubre] there were shots. I know neighbors of mine who had gunshot wounds, “said the mother before asking:” What justice can there be in this country that for [lanzar] a stone –because you are defending yourself, because you are an equal human being– they put you in jail and they are accusing you of a lot of crimes? “

The Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Havana has denied so far, as Farrat Guillén confirmed to this newspaper, six times a change of precautionary measure for his son, who has been in the jail for young minors of the West for almost four months.

In Cuba, criminal responsibility is enforceable from 16 years of age. For people over 16 years of age and under 18, the minimum and maximum limits of penalties can be reduced by up to half, and with respect to those aged 18 to 20, up to a third.

About 40 minors were detained after July 11, despite the fact that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, assured that there were no prisoners of those ages in Cuban prisons. Currently, according to a registry kept by the Legal Information Center Cubalex, 14 adolescents remain imprisoned.

Farrat Guillén affirmed 14ymedio that she has felt supported by other mothers of the minors who are still in prison after 11J. Although there is currently no coordinated action, he announced that in the coming days several family members will demonstrate publicly to demand the release of their children.

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