HAVANA, Cuba.- From the maximum rigor prison of Kilo 8, in the province of Camagüey, confidential sources denounce that three 11J protesters were coerced by officers of that facility to make them sign some papers limiting their behavior in captivity.
The source states, on condition of anonymity, that on Thursday, September 22, Jorge Alexis Agüero Gómez, Ramón Enrique Montero Meriño and Yadir Ayala Ibáñez were taken individually to an office in the presence of Lieutenant Colonel Juan Miguel Sánchez Duarte and a major named Yordan.
Once there, the lieutenant colonel wrote a letter by hand for each of them, in which he stated that in case of “indiscipline” or protest, the protesters would lose all “benefits” and would have to serve their sentences until the end.
It is necessary to emphasize that what the military call “benefits” in prisons are nothing more than the inmate rightssuch as regular telephone communication, daily sunbathing, family visits, change of regime, parole, authorization to leave every so often, among others.
On the other hand, there are many reasons to protest, such as scarce and spoiled food, mistreatment and harassment by guards and officers, lack of hygienic conditions, scarcity and poor quality of water, among others.
Montero Meriño and Agüero Gómez were tried along with other protesters on December 14, 2021 and sentenced each to 10 years in prison for the alleged crimes of attack and public disorder. Ramón Enrique Montero Meriño has gone on strike to demand his rights, and on at least one previous occasion they took away his right to use the telephone for a month in retaliation for denouncing his case.
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