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The Cuban Human Rights Observatory condemns the “wave of oppression” due to racial protests that left nearly 80 prisoners

July 2, 2020

The Cuban Human Rights Observatory (OCDH) condemned Thursday the “repressive wave” that took place last Tuesday in the face of police protests against the death of young black man Hansel Hernández. That day resulted in nearly 80 detainees between dissidents and activists, including celebrity opponent José Daniel Ferrer.

The OCDH has accused Cuban President and Prime Minister Miguel Díaz-Canel and Manuel Marrero of launching a “repressive wave” against dissidents, activists and journalists to avoid peaceful protests against police violence and racism after the young black man’s death Handel Hernandez “.

On June 30, alone, when demonstrations for Hernández’s death were planned in Havana and other cities, there were at least 78 “arbitrary arrests” and 146 others, including several journalists, “were under siege in their homes under police surveillance” ” “other types of harassment,” he assured.

The Cuban Human Rights Observatory condemns the “wave of oppression” due to racial protests that left nearly 80 prisonersThe Cuban Human Rights Observatory condemns the “wave of oppression” due to racial protests that left nearly 80 prisoners

“These government measures against the opposition and civil society take place amid a broader climate of oppression and intimidation that includes hundreds of exemplary lawsuits against citizens for alleged violations of social isolation measures,” he said.