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Guillermo Fariñas: Cubans must take back the public squares

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Fariñas proposes the taking back of public squares

The 2010 Sakharov prize winner for liberty of conscience, the Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, affirmed that the moment has arrived for the opposition to take back the public squares because "they belong to all Cubans."

Fariñas declared to Radio Martí that this is "the moment, the time to push forward (...) until the government -- because of political costs, denouncements, criticisms that come from the exterior -- due to their precarious economic situation will have to cede and accept that the public squares (belong to us)."

The dissident said that "the most important thing of all, independent of the solidarity between the groups, regardless of their political tendencies (...) is that there is a battle going on between the Cuban government and its opposition to take control of the public squares."

Fariñas added that agents of the government beat the members of the opposition in order to frighten them and stop them from conquering the public squares, and gave as an example the beating recently received by Juan Wilfredo Soto at the Leoncio Vidal part in Santa Clara, that later was the cause of this death.

Fariñas emphasized that "the public squares belong to all the Cubans, not just those who support Fidel Castro."

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