It is no secret to anyone that the Cuban regime puts heavy penalties on UNPACU leader Jose Daniel Ferrer.
Especially when recently, the family of the dissident was able to visit him and verify his situation. His wife and children could see the traces of the beatings on the body of the opponent, appreciate his physical weakening.
The leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) has been imprisoned since October 1 without trial, under torture and death threats.
The tortures applied to Ferrer are unpublished in Cuba but not in Venezuela. According to the report of Cuba newspaper, the opponent is tortured under the technique of "accustoming."
The cruelty to the leader of the UNPACU, especially its long disappearance, exceeds the usual repressive procedure of the Cuban authorities. There is no similar case in recent decades.
This type of torture is used in Venezuela by the Maduro regime. It looks suspiciously like the one applied by the Castro regime to Ferrer.
Venezuelan journalist Sebastiana Barraez explained that the Maduro regime implemented "accustoming" during the mass protests of 2014. This is mainly to deactivate opposition leaders and critical military.
«They simply disappear for a certain time. They are arrested, they do not notify that they were arrested. Families consider them missing. The only indication that they are in the hands of the security forces is that they are often arrested at their homes or at their work sites, ”he says.
Barraez points out that, although family members come to ask the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM), the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN) and other places of detention, "nobody gives them any information."
"Already when it is very evident or there has been some leakage on the whereabouts, they tell family members:‘ bring him food, clothes, sheets, but they will not be able to see him, he is now in the period of accustoming, "he adds.
Barraez indicates that "accustoming" can last between 30 and 45 days. At that time, the prisoner does not even have access to a lawyer.
«The habit, first, is disappearance. It makes the detained person feel extremely vulnerable. He has no access to the family, he has no street information. Many times, in addition to hitting him, they tell him, for example, "we killed your son" or "your mother died of a heart attack," things like that.
According to the Venezuelan journalist, after a period in prison, under these conditions, many are severely affected psychologically, "unbalanced, unable to fend for themselves." Some leave the country.
«One of the things that has impressed me most in the cases I have known is the level of damage; people are never the same again. The children, the wives, the husbands tell you. Men who were previously heads of households begin to need protection from their wives and children.
The "accustoming" can have another objective: to pressure and manipulate the detainee to make him confess a crime he did not commit.
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