On the afternoon of this past June 8th, activists from the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy carried out a protest march in the streets of El Cotorro municipality in Havana. The protest took place after a reunion with various members of this delegation in the home of one its members, Niuerka Luque Alvarez.
The human rights defenders held up a Cuban flag and began shouting anti-Castro slogans on the streets. Many neighbors stepped out of their homes to witness what was occurring. The protesters felt the support of the people which, at no point in time, interrupted the peaceful demonstration with violence.
The anti-governmental display was organized with the purpose of demanding the Castro regime to free all political prisoners as well as demanding justice for the death of the human rights activist Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia.
The slogans “Long live Human Rights”, “Orlando Zapata Lives”, “Down with the Castro brothers”, “Justice and Freedom for the Cuban people”, and “Justice for Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia” were heard throughout the America neighborhood. The demonstrators publicly expressed their political ideas before a people who are losing their feat of the dictatorship.
Present in the protest were: Niurka Luque Álvarez, CYMD delegate in El Cotorro; Florentina Machado, activist from the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Civic Front; Alexander Borrego Galardi, CYMD activist; David Águila Montero, independent journalist and former political prisoner; Idalberto Acuña Carabeo, independent journalist; Ángel Valera Arévalo, OZT Civic Front activist; José Ángel Luque Álvarez, OZT Civic Front activist; and Eriberto Liranza Romero, president of the CYMD and OZT Civic Front Coordinator in the Western region of the country.
Informative Bureau of the Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy (affiliated with the Orlando Zapata Tamayo Civic Resistance Front)
Photo courtesy: Idalberto Acuña Carabeo and David Águila Montero.