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22F Protests in Venezuela: Cuba’s Castro sends thugs, the MCL sends ‘L’ for liberation

John Suarez in Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

#22F Protests for Venezuela 19 months after killings of Oswaldo and Harold in Cuba

Castro tyranny sends thugs to Venezuela, we send them the L of Liberation #SOSVenezuela #MCL - Christian Liberation Movement, over twitter February 16, 2014.

19 months later, in the middle of terrible human rights violations being committed in Venezuela with the evidence of Castro regime involvement, another anniversary is marked and the call for solidarity and an end to impunity in the suspicious deaths of human rights defenders Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas and Harold Cepero Escalante continues.

Sadly, there are new victims of dictatorship, but now they are Venezuelans: Bassil Da Costa (age 24), Roberto Redman (age 31), Génesis Carmona (age 22) all three shot in the head and José Ernesto Méndez (age 17) run over. All three killed by agents of the Maduro regime. There have been other Venezuelans killed for nonviolently protesting the Maduro regime.

Today free Cubans and free Venezuelans are joined together in a struggle against tyranny. The Venezuelan student movement has been publicly backed by the Cuban democratic opposition in the island. The Christian Liberation Movement issued formal declaration of support and has been re-publishing images and videos of events in Venezuela and joining in the demonstrations. Jorge Luis García Pérez "Antúnez" of the National Civic Resistance Front "Orlando Zapata Tamayo" ended a hunger strike on its tenth day to join in supporting the students with a series of demonstrations across Cuba.

Both movements are nonviolent. The question arises how to confront those who are engaged in torture, killing and other acts of mayhem? The answer with justice and moral courage. This translates into a number of alternatives.

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1 comment to 22F Protests in Venezuela: Cuba’s Castro sends thugs, the MCL sends ‘L’ for liberation

  • j alvarez

    You may be aware of this, but just in case: the rallying cry that is beginning to spread is: "Y no me da la gana, no quiero una dictadura como la cubana" Hard to translate "Y no me da la gana", but the rest is clear: I don't want a dictatorship like the one in Cuba. It began in the Andean states of Táchira and Mérida where resistance to Maduro is stiffest, but it was taken up in the huge rally in Caracas. See this from Mérida http://youtu.be/W5yp8imi_AY