By Eriberto Liranza, Coordinator in the West for the National Resistance Front
More than a dozen human rights activists met in the Havana municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, responding to the call from the Orlando Zapata Tamayo National Resistance Front to dedicate the past 24th of the month to honor the memory of Laura Pollan, recently deceased in a Havana hospital.
Every 24th of each month the National Front will convoke all its member parties and movements throughout the island to concentrate their activities against the Castro dictatorship. In this specific commemoration, activists from various organizations met in the headquarters of the Hard Line Front in the neighborhood of La Guinera. There, the dissidents dedicated a minute of silence to Laura Pollan and signed a note of condolences from all those who loved the leader of the Ladies in White.
Amid slogans against the dictatorship, the participating activists expressed that “the ideas of Laura Pollan of achieving freedom for Cubans persist, and that she lives on in the hearts of those who fight for the country of Marti”, declared Hermogenos Guerrero, president of the Hard Line Front.
When the simple but emotional ceremony concluded, the activists took the national symbol (flag) and marched in silence throughout a neighborhood of La Guinera. Every member also carried a national flower- “The Mariposa”- in order to commemorate the patriotism of Laura Pollan.
Various activists arrived after the ceremony concluded, including their signatures in the book of condolences for Laura Pollan, who for many years was the steward of freedom, peace, and hope for hundreds of political prisoners of conscience in Cuba.
The following activists participated in this activity : Yamilet Clapé Leandro, Hard Line Front; Hermógenes Guerrero Gómez, Hard Line Front; René Rouco Machín, Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Movement; Yosvani González Lemus, Juan Wilfredo Soto Garcia Movement; Martha Belquis Martínez González, Hard Line Front; Santiago Días Soto, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Caridad Ramírez Útria, Brothers to the Rescue Freedom and Democracy Movement; Heriberto Pons Ruíz, Brothers to the Rescue Freedom and Democracy Movement; Antonio Pérez Romero, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Yaimí Alfonso Miret, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Humberto Martínez Almeida, Hard Line Front; Maida Leyva Reyes, Natur-Paz; Rolando Luis Ramírez Cabrera, Natur-Paz; Yunior Ramírez Roca, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy; Yusniel Estévez Martínez, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy and Eriberto Liranza Romero, Cuban Youth Movement for Democracy.