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Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News
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Cuban dissident artists go on trial, face years in prison | Politics News

Two dissident artists have faced their first day of trial in Cuba after being detained nearly a year ago, in an ongoing judicial process that human rights groups have labelled a “farce” and a “circus”. Police and security forces surrounded the court in Havana on Monday, while a small group of family members was allowed access to the courthouse, an official from Cuba’s International Press Center told the Reuters news agency. The activists, Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara and Maykel Castillo, are prominent members of the Havana-based San Isidro Movement, an artists collective that led several protests before many of the group left Cuba, alleging repression. Otero Alcantara, 34, is accused of defaming the national flag, contempt and public disorder, and faces seven years in jail, according to a M...