Cuban prisoners of conscience, are just that. They may be Castro's captives, but they aren't his slaves so there is only so much punishment that is tolerable.
One mean of enslavement not acceptable many Cuban prisoners of conscience and other political prisoners is the requirement they wear the uniform of "common" inmates, of "common" criminals. Recognizing the requirement for what it is — an attempt by the dictatorship to further criminalize their political position — they refuse.
Based on reports, the guards mostly seem to look the other way at this defiance, but sometimes they'll strike back with additional cruelties.
That's what happened this past Sunday when guards at the Combindado del Este prison in Havana prevented four political prisoners — all members of the Group of 75 — from attending Mass because they refused to wear a prison uniform.
The four were: Julio Cesar Gálvez Rodríguez, Normando Hernández González, Regis iglesias Ramírez and Ricardo González Alfonso.
Learn more about these brave men by clicking on the names on the right sidebar.