Friday, March 24

“On 15-N you could smell the repression in the streets of Havana”




While thousands of Cubans marched in more than a hundred cities in 70 countriesThe same did not happen on the island. They did not take to the streets because they could not. The Cuban regime deployed its entire military apparatus in them to intimidate them, in addition to carrying out arbitrary detentions, preventing the coordinators and members of the Archipelago Group and orchestrate acts of repudiation.

Despite the fact that he was prevented from leaving his house and verbally attacked by rapid response brigades in front of his house, the coordinator of the Archipelago group in Santa Clara, Saily González, said she felt happy and proud. «There are many reasons to be proud of the Cuban people. Today we have waged a lot of war on the dictatorship.

(…) When the dictatorship is afraid it is because democracy is near. Others were not so optimistic. A young man, who prefers to remain anonymous and who managed to march dressed in white with a friend through Havana confessed to ABC his frustration. “You could smell the repression, policemen dressed in civilian clothes on every street corner, they didn’t let anyone move here, and for there to be a fire, there must first be a spark,” he declares. What he experienced this day leads him to affirm that in Cuba “nothing is going to happen”, because the authorities “have everything under control, everything in mind, they are not going to let anything happen here, the only thing that can help this country is Let the Americans get involved, today I verified it, and I say it with the pain of my soul, I had the hope that today the change would begin, “he laments.

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As recorded by the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), between November 12 and 15 there were 300 repressive actions on the island, more than a hundred of them only on the last day. «The entire state apparatus, under the orders of the political police, and with the active collaboration of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, the official media and even the Office of Religious Affairs of the Communist Party, visibly deployed their regime of terror “, violating even” their own laws, “the organization declared in a statement.

Among the “meticulous” repressive actions, the following stand out: home retention with police surveillance (104), summons to police stations (55), threats (37), acts of repudiation (12) and cuts of internet services (28); They also report that at least 30 people remain in detention, some in a condition of forced disappearance for more than three days.

For its part, the Commission to Support the 15-N protesters, belonging to the Archipelago group, pointed out that “the Cuban government’s show of force has been excessive,” only to confront a peaceful demonstration called by young people.

«The lack of democracy and the militarization of the country have been seen by the world and now no one can ignore the situation of the Cuban people. The government has fewer and fewer defenders left and that is progress, it is the true triumph of this initiative. (…) They do not have the resources to make this deployment every month. We do. The fight is just beginning ”, they stressed.

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Until November 27

The Archipelago group reported yesterday that the Civic March for the Change will run until November 27 because they consider that they still have “a debt of honor” with the Apostle José Martí to go and bring him his white roses. “Meanwhile, we understand that the causes that led to the call for 15-N are still in force, and the Government has not understood the message, it is our citizen duty to continue raising our voice against injustice,” they say.

In this way, the group also intends to commemorate the first anniversary of the demonstration peaceful in front of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, on November 27, 2020, when hundreds of Cubans demanded freedom of expression and an end to the repression of artists.

Despite the repression and the impediment to leave, and the words of the regime that described the march as “failure”, the group considers that the call for 15-N has been a success: “The Cuban people have made themselves felt. It has never been more united in the fight for your rights. We have surpassed ourselves as a nation and here is the resounding success of 15-N “, the platform highlighted.

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