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Cuban street protester sentenced

By AFP
October 24, 2021
Cuban street protester sentenced

HAVANA: A Cuban man who took part in unprecedented nationwide street protests last July has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, the stiffest punishment yet of anyone who defied the communist government in those rallies, his family and a human rights group said on Saturday.

The sentence against Roberto Perez Fonseca, age 38, was handed down by a court in San Jose de las Lajas, a town 35-km from Havana.

On July 11 and 12 thousands of Cubans screaming "freedom" and "we are hungry" took to the streets in some 50 cities and towns to protest harsh living conditions and government repression.