The US urges the Cuban government to release political prisoners in the new year

The US Embassy in Havana reminds that more than 600 political prisoners will spend the first day of the year behind bars.

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The United States urged the Cuban government to release in the new year all political prisoners in the country, including those detained by theJuly 11 anti-government protests.

A message posted by Brian A. Nichols, Undersecretary of State for Hemispheric Affairs, recalled that more than 600 political prisoners will spend the first day of the year behind bars, and denounces that they were imprisoned for asking for "freedom and respect for Human Rights."

"As we mark the beginning of the new year, more than 600 political prisoners will spend the day behind bars in #Cuba, imprisoned for aspiring to greater freedom and respect for #HR. We call on the Cuban government to release those convicted of demonstrate peacefully," said the official, who has been developing an intense campaign on social networks for political prisoners and fundamental freedoms in Cuba.

The United States Embassy in Havana has also made visible in recent days several messages with the faces of the 11J detainees in more than 60 cities in the country.

On December 31, the year closed with a petition to the Havana regime to release the 23-year-old lady in white.Sissi Abascal, for which they ask for six years in prison for protesting 11J.

He has also asked to immediately release the political prisoners in the province of Guantánamo, including the CubanEnrique Mustelier Sosa, and initiate a peaceful dialogue with citizens.

He recently spoke out for the young sistersLisdany and Lisdiani Rodríguez Isaac of Placetas, in Villa Clara, which "face sentences of 10 years for demonstrating," he denounced in a tweet from the Embassy.

After the July 11 protests in Cuba, more than 1,300 Cubans were imprisoned, and more than 600 of them, including minors, are awaiting their trials in prison.

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