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    Cuba’s Prison in Guantanamo

    Cuba’s Prison in Guantanamo / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
    Posted on February 4, 2016

    14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 4 February 2016 – To the shame of
    the United States justice system, the prison at the Guantanamo Naval
    Base is 14 years old today. Since 2003, 680 detainees have arrived
    there, though today there are fewer than one hundred. Several of them
    are on hunger strike and are force fed through tubes. Prestigious media
    such as The New York Times have published letters from the inmates
    denouncing abuses; international human rights organizations have exposed
    the use of torture at this prison compound where the laws of no country
    in the world apply. President Barack Obama has promised to end this
    atrocity. He has not succeeded.

    Not far away, on the road that runs from the provincial capital to the
    town of Jamaica, is Cuba’s Guantanamo Provincial Prison. It has the
    reputation of being the prison with the worst food in all of Cuba.

    Prisoners of conscience who have passed through this facility say that
    what works best there are the prisoners’ councils, made up of common
    criminals, organized to beat and attack the “politicals” when ordered.
    Cubans who have tried to leave the country through the Naval Base are
    held there. It doesn’t matter what province they come from, with rare
    exceptions they end up there with a two to five year sentence for
    violating the border perimeter.

    Another singularity of the place are the numerous incidents of self-harm
    that occur there. Some inmates who can’t stand the prison regime buy
    blood from fellow inmates with HIV to infect themselves. There is also
    every kind of self-mutilation.

    In June 2007, a young man named Yosvani Correa Lafernal injected himself
    with excrement and died a week later of a widespread infection, without
    medical attention. Another Guantanamo inmate, known as Hannibal had to
    have both of his arms amputated after he injectd oil into his veins.

    Many other cases have never been properly documented, nor have the
    hunger strikes, the beatings, the lack of medical care. No government
    authority has ever spoken about it, no official press has never
    mentioned this.

    To the shame of all Cubans, that is Cuba’s Guantanamo prison.

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