Cuban law school student and political prisoner Yohannes Arce, in jail since May 13, is set to stand trial Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to Cuban opposition activist Yusmila Reyna Ferrer.
Diario de Cuba reported Sunday that Arce was arrested after signs carrying anti-government slogans appeared in Caimanera. Prosecutors are seeking a 3-year sentence for a charge of "assault." according to the report.
Arce, of Guantanamo is one of numerous activists affiliated with the opposition Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, currently in the Castro gulag. He was arrested May 13, and faces a pending charge of "assault" after he refused to be arbitrarily arrested by Cuban police because of his opposition activity. Officers responded by beating him, leaving Arce with injuries that included a broken tooth.
Immediately after his arrest, Arce started a hunger strike that he ended after 23 days, at the urging of his mother who was concerned about his declining health after he was transferred to a hospital's intensive care unit.
A government lawyer also told Arce that his case would be quickly resolved if he ended his protest.