Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Activist Yilis Torres: “I would rather die than return to Cuba”

Cuban activist Yilis Torres Cruz, who is currently being held at an immigration detention center in Broward County (South Florida), denounced irregularities in her political asylum case and said she would rather die than be repatriated to the island .

The girl fled her country last May, where she spent 10 months in prison Publicly confront official spokesman Humberto LópezBut during the journey (in a boat by sea) he was detained by the Coast Guard and has since been at risk of deportation.

First, she was taken to the Guantanamo Naval Base to seek asylum in a third country, and on 10 December, she arrived at the Fort Lauderdale airport and was transferred to the aforementioned detention center, where she was scheduled to undergo an asylum trial. Will remain till January 12 is coming.

In a message sent to her husband, Pavel Perez, and broadcast by the series UnivisionThe activist said that “she would rather die than return to Cuba.”

She has also said that there are several “irregularities” in her case, which explain why other rafters detained at sea have found more quick ways to stay in the US and, on the other hand, have not yet defined her status. Has been.

In the message he assured that the treatment received in the United States had not been fair and asked for help from the Cuban community in obtaining political asylum.

Torres is a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Anpaku) and the originator of the Cuban Decide initiative, for which he was highly harassed by the Havana regime, which carried out prestigious assassinations against him on several occasions and launched a strong persecution against him. That included frequent subpoenas and intimidating interviews with agents of the police and state security.

In May 2021, the woman publicly confronted official spokesman Humberto López as he left the home of an alleged lover, and Torres was charged with assaulting a public authority, despite the fact that the journalist had He was beaten up and chased him in the middle of the road, according to the slander.

until he spent 10 months in jail He was cleared of criminal charges in April 2022But the torture of the government did not stop and he continued to receive summons.

In May the activist decided to leave Cuba with a dozen people, but The ship was intercepted by the Coast Guard, Under US law, immigrants detained at sea are returned to their country of origin.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported in November 22 Cubans Awaiting “Relocation” in a third country” at the Guantánamo naval base, including Ylice Torres Cruz, to express a credible fear of persecution or torture upon returning to their home country. There were also three Haitians and three Dominicans at the base, located in the far east of Cuba.

“The Coast Guard takes to Guantánamo those aliens who have been detained in the waters of the Caribbean and who express a credible fear of persecution or torture when interviewed at sea by protection and screening specialists from Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) do. If they return to their country of origin, departure or last place of residence,” he explained radio marty a DHS spokesperson.

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