Gabriela Zequeira, 17, an accounting student, was sentenced to 8 months in prison for “public disorder”. Photo: Family Archives

A 17-year-old girl was sentenced by a Cuban dictatorship court for allegedly participating in protests against the regime, which took place on July 11. Accounting student Gabriela Zequeira was sentenced to 8 months in prison for “public disturbance”, the teenager’s mother, Yoanis Hernández, told the BBC.

“When the trial ended, they let me see her for three minutes. The only thing I could do was hug her and kiss her, that’s all,” the mother said. by Gabriela on the BBC. According to the woman, the trial did not even have proof that Zequeira participated in the July 11 protests. Yoanis also said he had not received any information about where his daughter was transferred after the trial.

The girl’s mother also told the vehicle that her daughter was stopped by so-called “black wasps”, members of the Cuban government’s Special National Brigade, also known to have suppressed protesters.

According to the BBC, Cubalex, an independent group of Cuban lawyers who monitor arrests and summary trials on the island for the protests, confirmed that Zequeira had been sentenced by a court.

With information from the BBC.