La Güinera 11J protester stands up for mistreatment and lack of medical care in jail

Havana Cuba. – From the most rigorous Combinado del Este penitentiary center, the protester of July 12, 2021 (11J) José Luis Castillo Bolaños denounces the lack of medical attention suffered by him in that prison, as well as other violations of his rights as a private person of freedom.

Through a phone call, Castillo Bolaños announced that his entire skin is completely covered in pimples that cause extreme and unbearable itching, but that, despite this, the prison health personnel have not given him loratadine. , a long-acting antihistamine indicated among other uses to alleviate the symptoms of chronic urticaria and other allergic skin conditions.

Castillo Bolaños lived in the neighborhood La Guinera, belonging to the Arroyo Naranjo municipality. He is 32 years old and before being arrested, he made a living as a tattoo artist. He is currently a prisoner in building 3, company 3401, of the largest prison facility on the Island.

The protester also denounced that the re-educator, an officer who identifies himself as Maché, does not allow him telephone communication with his girlfriend, a young woman who is also deprived of her liberty and, with whom, according to the educational treatment regulations, she has the right to talk on the phone at least once a month. Likewise, he emphasized that this officer is responsible for his not receiving medical attention.

The protester from La Güinera also announced that in protest against all these arbitrariness he declared a hunger strike from the 1st of this month of May.

On a previous occasion, Castillo Bolaños also denounced the beatings received at the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) unit of the Capri district, where he turned himself in on July 15, 2021, as well as at the Ivanov youth correctional facility, located in the Cotorro municipality. . In the latter, according to him, the military stripped the demonstrators naked and forced them to go through a tunnel made up of guards who beat them brutally and incessantly. As a result of that beating, they fractured a rib and later they locked him up together with another protester in a cell without water, without light and without a bed. On that occasion, he also denounced that during the confinement he was infected with COVID-19.

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