The Castro dictatorship is using a familar tactic to target prisoner of conscience Alexei Vargas Martín.
Vargas' wife, Yusmila Jessica Mikel, told the Hablemos Press news agency that other inmates at the Aguadores prison in Santiago de Cuba had informed her that prison officials had ordered a common prisoner known as "Limonta" to attack Vargas on Sept. 17 -- a tactic used often in the Castro gulag to target the regime's imprisoned opponents.
Limonta, who is charged with maintaining discipline in Vargas' cell block, attacked Vargas with a handmade weapon, leaving Vargas with an injury to his hand, according to the report.
"This incident was ordered by the political police officers working in the prison," Mikel said.
An activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, Vargas was arrested Nov. 27, 2012, after a confrontation with a regime-ordered mob outside his mother's house. His brothers, Vianco and Django Vargas, were arrested a few days later when they went to a police station to inquire about their brother.
Last month, Amnesty International designated the brothers as "prisoners of conscience," judging their arrests and detentions to be politically motivated.
Alexi Vargas' family accused prison officials of subjecting to various abuses since he was jailed.
"On several occasions he has been physically and verbally assaulted by guards and inmates on the orders of prison authorities, because of his rebellious stance against the regime," said his mother Martin Calderin Miraidar.