The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported last month that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners here.)
Uncommon Sense is attempting to honor these brave Cubans by sharing their names and little about their respective stories. Ever since I started this blog, I have felt it vital to remember their names, names the regime would rather have the world never know. That is the only way to fully grasp the injustices they are suffering.
Today's prisoner is Miguel Guerra Astie.
An activist from my father's hometown of Antilla, in eastern Cuba, Guerra is one of numerous activists with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, in Cuban jails. The three-year-old UNPACU, headed by former prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, is one of the largest, most activive opposition groups on the island.
And as such, the regime has targeted them.
The human rights commission reports that Guerra was arrested April 4, 2013, after a Castroite mob carried out an "act of repudiation" against him. There was a confrontation, and Guerra was arrested. He was tried on a charge of "assault," and sentenced to 3 years in prison, according to the human rights commission.