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The Cuban communist regime sentenced Evangelical Pastor Ramón Rigal to two years in prison – and his wife Ayda Expósito to a year and half – on Monday for homeschooling their children, less than a week after their arrest for promoting the practice.
“The family … were given 30 minutes notice before the trial began on 18 April, and went on throughout the afternoon but was then suspended until Monday 22 April,” the aid group Christian Solidarity Worldwide said in a report on their story this week.
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Homeschooling is illegal in Cuba, as it is considered a “capitalist” practice and prevents the state from indoctrinating children in Marxist atheism in public schools. Rigal has been homeschooling his children for years, forcing him into consistent confrontations with the Castro regime, and began helping other Christian families homeschool following his arrest in 2017.
The couple, from Guantánamo, faced a summary judgment on their case on Monday, according to the Miami-based Radio Martí. The presiding judge found them guilty of “illicit assembly and incitement to delinquency” for meeting with other families to teach them how to homeschool and “acts contrary to the normal development of minors.”
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Martí and Diario de Cuba, a Spanish newspaper, both reported that Cuban state security aggressively prevented friends and family from attending the sentencing. Their oldest daughter, 13-year-old Ruth, confirmed to both outlets that police blocked her from entering the courthouse.
“That was embarrassing, it is shameful what they have done with our parents,” Ruth told Martí. “They took my mother and my father to prison and did not think of the kids, of us, that we are minors, that we need our mother and our father together.”
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The court also blocked independent attorney and journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces from attending the sentencing. Media covering the story do not agree on whether...
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