Mass trials are underway in Cuba for those who spoke out and demanded freedom against the regime last July.
At least 60 protesters have been sentenced and more than 40 are expected to hear their punishment this week. Some are facing sentences as long as 30 years.
According to reports, minors and even those with mental disabilities, are among those facing time in prison.
“I have family there who’ve seen everything unfold, and it’s really sad people can’t be honest with themselves and even have to go into hiding because they can’t express themselves freely and are being punished for it,” said a Cuban-American in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.
“In no other country in the world, people live like that. We have a dictatorship of 62 years already, and it’s an abuse against the people, a lot of hunger, misery, calamity, zero freedom in Cuba,” said another Miami resident.
Human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are calling the government crackdown on protesters an attempt to silence them.
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