|Prisoner of conscience Silverio Portal Contreras|
Yesterday, over Twitter Lucinda González wife of prisoner of conscience Silverio Portal Contreras asked for help from everyone starting today, Monday at 10:00 am, to show their solidarity with them, in the audio message embedded in the tweet below.
Silverio Portal Contreras,a former activist with the Ladies in White, is serving a 4-year sentence for "contempt" and "public disorder." According to a court document, he was arrested on the June 20, 2016 in Old Havana after shouting “Down Fidel Castro, down Raúl...” The document states that "the behavior of the accused is particularly offensive because it took place in a touristic area." The document further describes the accused as having “bad social and moral behavior” and mentions that he fails to participate in pro-government activities.Lucinda González esposa del preso político Silverio Portal Contreras pide ayuda a todos para mañana lunes a las 10:00 am se solidaricen con ellos, escucha el audio y ayuda a este digno cubano #FreeSilverio #PatriaYLibertad #PresosDeCastro pic.twitter.com/nlMlV1hZsW— Iliana Hernandez (@ilianahcuba) August 31, 2020
According to Silverio’s wife, before his arrest he had campaigned against the collapse of dilapidated buildings in Havana. Silverio was recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International on August 26, 2019. He was beaten by prison officials in mid-May 2020 and lost sight in one eye.
Lucinda Gonzalez Gomez, wife of the activist, has put out a desperate plea for help after receiving a call from her husband on June 10, 2020. “Silverio called me and put an official on the phone to explain the situation,” said Gonzalez Gomez to CubaNet. The official told her that “he was taken to the ophthalmologist and because of temporary loss of blood flow, he was losing sight in both eyes.”
We fear for Silverio's life today imprisoned for thinking and speaking freely.
Please use one of the images of Silverio below on your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
Escoge una foto de Silverio Portal Contreras y el lunes 31/08 a las 10:00 am ponla como foto de perfil, etiqueta a @DiazCanelB y exige su libertad #FreeSilverio #PatriaYLibertad #PresosDeCastro Silverio está enfermo en prisión y es un buen hombre, solo quiere la libertad de #Cuba pic.twitter.com/2Mu6zS4a6L— Iliana Hernandez (@ilianahcuba) August 31, 2020