CASE UPDATE: Member of Free Yorubas, Reina Reyes Gómez, Fined 2,000 CUP for Participation in July 11 Protests
Last month, Reina Reyes Gómez, a member of the Free Yorubas of Cuba, was fined 2,000 CUP for her participation in the peaceful protests that broke out on July 11.
Ms. Reyes was arrested on or near July 15, around the same time as several other members of the Free Yorubas of Cuba. Shortly after, on July 19, the District Attorney of Placetas issued a ruling to hold Ms. Reyes and other Free Yorubas members in provisional prison as a precautionary measure as they awaited trial.
Ms. Reyes was then held in Guamajal Women’s Prison in Santa Clara along with Yoruba President Donaida Perez Paseiro and twin sisters Lisdiany and Lisdany Rodriguez Isak.
Instead of proceeding to trial, however, Ms. Reyes was released on August 23, and fined 2,000 CUP. She was given 72 hours to pay the fine, which she disbursed in full on August 26.
Reyes was only permitted to call family members three times during the 6+ weeks she was detained, and reports experiencing particularly harsh treatment
Over the last few weeks, the Global Liberty Alliance has received several reports from members of the Free Yorubas and other peaceful protesters suffering repression following the July 11 demonstrations that took place across the island. In many cases, individuals have been issued fines instead of moving forward to trial.