The News-Times

Protesters await sentencing, facing long prison terms


Cuban courts have wrapped up the hearing phase of six mass trials for people accused of involvemen­t in the largest and most unruly protests on the island in decades, leaving more than 100 defendants awaiting potentiall­y heavy sentences.

Relatives of defendants and activists following the trials in several cities across the island — the last of which concluded this week — said prosecutor­s were seeking sentences of up to 30 years in prison for crimes including sedition, public disorder and attacks. No date has been announced for sentencing.

Thousands of Cubans took to the street in several cities on July 11 and 12 to protest shortages of goods, power blackouts and economic hardship — with some also calling for a change in government.

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