The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners here.)
Uncommon Sense is attempting to honor these brave Cubans by sharing their names and little about their respective stories. Ever since I started this blog, I have felt it vital to remember their names, names the regime would rather have the world never know. That is the only way to fully grasp the injustices they are suffering.
Today's prisoner is Mario Alberto Hernandez Leyva.
Hernandez, a veteran activist, was beaten and arrested by police on May 26, 2014, during a peaceful protest. As of late June, his whereabouts were unknown, according to a report in Primavera Digital.
Others arrested at the protest included political prisoners Angel Figueredo Castellon and his wife Haydee Gallardo Salazar.
In this video, Hernandez describes what happened to him a previous time he was arrested.