Two independent trade unionists, Vladimir Morera Bacallao and Jorge Ramírez Calderón, have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms, in connection with how they reacted after the Castro police organized an "act of repudiation" outside of Ramirez's home.
Morera was sentenced to 8 years in prison on charges of public disorder, assault, "disrespect" and "injuries." Ramirez, a former political prisoner, was sentenced to 4 years, and his wife, Nélida Lima Conde was sentenced to 3 years "conditional freedom," or probation.
The act of repudiation took place Feb. 14.
When Morera went outside, a Castro goon cut him on the chin and arm with a knife, but it was Morera, and not his attacker, who was prosecuted. When Ramirez was arrested, police threw him into a patrol car and sprayed him with tear gas.
"This has been a terrible injustice, everything has been a lie," Morera's sister, Vilma Morera, said of the trial and other proceedings in the case.