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Prison guards beat journalist for insisting on right to make phone calls

Cuba: 4 September 2006
Independent journalist Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta was severely beaten on 29 August by two guards in Kilo 8 prison in the central city of Camagüey, where he is serving a 20-year prison sentence. He was attacked when he reiterated a demand to be allowed to make a phone call - a right that is routinely denied him. The two guards, identified as Maikel Zuñiga and Nelson Domenech, suddenly threw him to the ground without any explanation, hit him and dragged him along the prison’s corridors. He was injured in one eye and sustained many bruises. Herrera has been in prison since the March 2003 crackdown.