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Miami monument in honor of Cuban political prisoners is destroyed

A piece of a shattered stone sits near a monument erected years ago in honor of Cuban political prisoners, which was destroyed after a vehicle smashed into it. The monument site is in front of a house at 1140 SW 13th Ave. devoted to the cause of political prisoners.
A piece of a shattered stone sits near a monument erected years ago in honor of Cuban political prisoners, which was destroyed after a vehicle smashed into it. The monument site is in front of a house at 1140 SW 13th Ave. devoted to the cause of political prisoners. el Nuevo Herald

Someone has destroyed a monument erected years ago in honor of Cuban political prisoners.

The monument outside the Casa del Preso at 1140 SW 13th Ave. was damaged Thursday night by a vehicle that apparently smashed into it, causing the stone, engraved with the names of scores of political prisoners, to break into pieces. Also damaged was a flagpole that flew a U.S. flag over the memorial.

"We are concerned that they are vandalizing our monuments," said Luis Infante, president of the organization that takes care of the monument, Presidio Político Histórico Cubano. He added that there have been previous acts of vandalism. "We want the community and the authorities to be aware of these incidents."

Renan Llanes, founder and director of the Casa del Preso, said material damages are replaceable. But acts against monuments to Cuban martyrs and symbols "strikes you in the heart." Llanes, like hundreds of others, was jailed as a political prisoner following Fidel Castro’s rise to power.

"After having been in prison [in Cuba] and suffered so much, to be attacked here is unacceptable," Llanes said.

An incident report was filed with the Miami Police Department. A police spokesman declined to discuss the case because it remains under investigation.

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