Please pray for Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, who will stand "trial" today for standing up for the innocent.
Her crime? Interceding on behalf of a young Cuban named Milquiades Hernández who was being brutally beaten by police on the streets of Placetas in Villa Clara province. Specifically, Iris asked that he be taken to a hospital so he wouldn't bleed to death.Her humanitarianism was rewarded with violence and racism: "Pick up that black monkey too!" shouted the Cuban Revolutionary Police officers, and Iris was slammed into the patrol car and hauled away."We just need an order to kill all these f------ blacks who stick their noses into everything,"
She is the wife of former political prisoner Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez." The charge against her is "contempt," meaning that she did not acquiesce to the abuse of authority in her presence. The first response of the government was to fine her roughly two months' wages, which she refused to pay, responding instead with a hunger strike. She gives a new face to "prisoners of conscience."