The 11J protesters in Artemisa receive sentences of up to 12 years in prison

The 11J protesters in Artemisa receive sentences of up to 12 years in prison

For the crimes of public disorder, contempt, attack and outrage to the symbols of the homeland, 13 protesters who participated in the peaceful protests of July 11 (11J) in the municipality of Artemisa, received their sentences on Friday, with penalties that They range from 4 years of limitation of freedom to 12 years in prison.

The trial was held at the end of last November in the Criminal Chamber of the People’s Provincial Court of Artemisa, the province where the first popular protests took place, in the municipality of San Antonio de los Baños. During the trial, the relatives denounced the fabrication of crimes and the use of false witnesses, with which the prosecution requested high penalties.

Luis Giraldo Martínez Sierra (27 years old) received the highest penalty, 12 years in prison, followed by Yeremin Salcine Jane (31 years old), with 10. Victor Alejandro Painceira Rodríguez (26 years old) was sentenced to 7 years and José Alberto Pio Torres (28 years old), Iván Hernández Troya (25 years old) and Yoslen Domínguez Víctores (33 years old) at 6.

Javier González Fernández (34 years old) and Alexander Díaz Rodríguez (41 years old) must serve 4 and 5 years in prison, respectively, while Eduard Bryan Luperon Vega (21 years old) and Yurien Rodríguez Ramos (42 years old) were sentenced to 4 years of correctional work without internment.

For his part, Yoselin Hernández Rodríguez (39 years old) faces a sentence of 5 years of limitation of freedom and so does Leandro David Morales Ricondo (23 years), with a sentence of 4 years.

In the case of the young Eddy Gutiérrez Alonso (24 years old), the sentence was 8 years behind bars. “I was crying all night. For going out to protest he will have to spend 8 years in jail!” 14ymedio Rachel, Gutiérrez Alonso’s girlfriend, after learning about the court’s decision on Friday. “I am very bad with all this, I have not yet processed that sentence.”

Luis Giraldo Martínez Sierra (27 years old) received the highest penalty, 12 years in prison, followed by Yeremin Salcine Jane (31 years old), with 10

The document that includes the sentences and to which this newspaper had access, was issued on December 27, 2021, but it reached the relatives and defense lawyers of the political prisoners on Friday. It is signed by the judges of the Municipal Court of Artemisa Yurisander Diéguez Méndez, Ernesto Amaro Hernández and Leonel Llerena Díaz and it is recorded that all the defendants received joint sentences for various crimes.

Of all the defendants, it is said that “they walked through the middle of the public thoroughfare, obstructing all road traffic” on various streets in the municipality of Artemisa. While they made the journey, “they raised and waved their hands, so that people would follow them”, while “shouting ‘pinga police, singa’os policemen, Díaz-Canel singa’o'”, this last phrase addressed to the ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, “which exacerbated the spirits of those present and contributed to other people joining.”

Among the accusations against Luis Giraldo Martínez Sierra, the court said that it took into account his decision to “snatch a Cuban flag from an official,” which is owed respect for everything it represents and the honor that is implicit in it. and when attacking the mentioned symbol, he showed total irreverence “. The “facts” are described as “serious because he also” decided to snatch the national flag from the hands of a woman, whom he physically surpassed, which shows the level of aggressiveness shown by the accused. “

Regarding Yeremin Salcine Jane, the judges considered her “active role in citizen disorder”, which “uttered degrading phrases against officials”, and also, “attacked law enforcement officers who were going to carry out a mission, for which he beat and intimidated to the driver of a truck so that they would stop their determination to continue the march, events that he carried out with marked violence and aggression in the middle of the public highway. “

Of all the defendants, it is said that “they walked through the middle of the public highway, obstructing all road traffic” in several streets of the municipality of Artemisa.

Eddy Gutiérrez Alonso states that “beyond destabilizing citizen peace and offending officials,” “he attacked the law enforcement officers who tried to contain the illegitimate mass advance, for which he hit, threw a knob and intimidated the driver” of a military truck “so that the march would not continue.”

Regarding the fact of the truck, it was said at another point in the document that it was a vehicle brand HOWO, “olive green with the initials PNR on the outside of the front doors, referring to the National Revolutionary Police, belonging to the Unit Military 5274 Brigade of Prevention Troops of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Havana “.

Some defendants “lay down on the ground to prevent the truck from moving forward,” the sentence describes. “Then they stood in front of” the vehicle and “with their hands attacked it and its occupants,” “they delivered several blows to the front of the body, to which Eddy joined, who with a clenched fist struck with it forces several times the door of the right side of the car and the one that deformed “.

Eddy, the narration continues, as the truck turned a corner to join another street, “he took a plastic knob from the ground and threw it into the cabin” in the direction of the driver, without actually injuring him.

On the other hand, Cuban opponents Tania Echevarría, Leylandis Puentes Vargas and Francisco Rangel Manzano, were sentenced to six years in prison, after demonstrating on June 11 in the municipality of Colón, Matanzas.

Manzano and Puentes, members of the Pedro Luis Boitel Democracy Party, have been in prison since July 11

In another part of the country, in the province of Matanzas, another trial handed down sentences of six years in prison against Tania Echevarría, Leylandis Puentes Vargas and Francisco Rangel Manzano for demonstrating on June 11 in the municipality of Colón, reported this Saturday Radio Television Martí.

Manzano and Puentes, members of the Pedro Luis Boitel Democracy Party, have been in prison since July 11.

Both the families of the 13 convicted of Artemisa, as well as those of Colón’s opponents, have reported that they will appeal the penalties inflicted on political prisoners.

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