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2005 Prison Revolts


According to international press reports in 2005 three separate instances (March - May) of revolts happened in the "Combinado del Este", a high security prison in Cuba. Reports indicated that at least three inmates died. Elizardo Sanchez, the dissident that reported these revolts hidden to the world by the Cuban regime stated that: "Tuesday's unrest was the result of excessive sentences, poor food and insufficient medical care at the prison" (1).

A particular embarrassment for the Cuban government was the news that later broke indicating that youngsters that hade been arrested under the law on "dangerousness" (2) had been imprisoned there and were caught up in the riots severely traumatizing them (3)

 

(1) Press reports.

 

Cuba Activist Reports Prison Uprising
April 7, 2005, 9:42 PM EDT

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/14961

 

Inmates injured in 2nd melee at Havana prison

Posted on Fri, Apr. 08, 2005

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/14984

 

Prisoner burned in Cuban uprising dies

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15006

 

Two Dead in Riots at Cuba's Largest Prison
Mon Apr 11, 2005 04:34 PM ET

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15003

 

Disturbance squashed at Combinado del Este prison
HAVANA, Cuba, May 10

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15500

 

(2) "Dangerousness"

Articles 72-90, which define the crime of peligrosidad, or "dangerousness." These articles come under the heading, "The Dangerous Status and Security Measures," a section of the Penal Code under which someone can be sentenced for up to four years in prison on the grounds that the authorities believe the individual has a "special proclivity" to commit crimes, even though he or she might not have actually committed a crime. These articles broadly define "dangerous" people as those who act in a manner that contradicts "socialist morality" or engage in "anti-social behavior." Moreover, Article 75 provides for an "official warning" to people the authorities deem to be in danger of becoming "dangerous," i.e., those who are not yet "dangerous" but who are regarded as having criminal tendencies because of their "ties or relations with people who are potentially dangerous to society, other people, and to the social, economic and political order of the socialist State…"

More: Repressive Laws in Cuba abusing human rights

 

(3) Press reports.

 

Masivo encarcelamiento de jóvenes en Cuba

May. 10, 2005

"La edad promedio de los arrestados es de 18 años y todos fueron internados
en prisiones de alta seguridad, principalmente en los pisos tercero y cuarto
del Combinado del Este de La Habana, aunque la ola de arrestos también
abarca a residentes en el interior."

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15429

 

Piden liberar a unos 400 jóvenes presos sin estar acusados de ningún delito en Cuba

Martes 10 de mayo de 2005

"Hasta el 15 de abril último, 323 jóvenes detenidos en esa batida, llamada
Operación Contención, estaban recluidos en los pisos tercero y cuarto del
edificio 3 del Combinado del Este, el mayor complejo penitenciario del país,
indicó la Comisión.
En los dos pisos inferiores de ese edificio, donde están los presos acusados
de delitos vinculados a drogas, estallaron los motines del 19 de marzo y el
5 de abril pasados, que causaron decenas de heridos graves y, en el segundo
caso, al menos tres muertos, de acuerdo con diversas fuentes."

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15430

 

Crackdown on Cuba's disaffected youth.

Posted on Thu, May. 12, 2005

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15475

 

Jóvenes a merced de redadas
LA HABANA, 9 may (IPS)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15431

 

Denuncian en Cuba detenciones ilegales
Martes 10 de mayo de 2005

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaVerdad/message/15416

 


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