With room in its gulag apparently to spare after the release of more than 100 political prisoners, the Castro dictatorship is hurriedly trying to re-fill the space with Cubans like Pedro Carballosa Ferrer.
This week Carballosa, a member of the National Independent Farmers Alliance and the Council of Human Rights Rappoteurs, was set to start serving a 3-year prison sentence after he was convicted in March on a charge of "assault."
Carballosa denounced the proceedings, it was the result of an act of revenge by State Security because his human rights work.
Carballosa was arrested in mid-2010 during a protest that started on a bus in Santiago de Cuba after police tried to fine the driver. Carballosa was beaten, arrested and jailed for two months.