For Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro, the scene outside his limousine window on a New York City street must have been as shocking as it was disturbing. A group of activists stood on the sidewalk protesting the apartheid dictator’s repressive regime and holding up protest signs as his motorcade drove past. In Cuba, neither Raul nor Fidel Castro have to worry about such a public challenge to their imposed rule and what they consider to be a punishable display of “disrespect.” More than half a century ago, the Castros abolished freedom of expression and have a well-oiled and well-funded machine of repression that quickly and efficiently quashes any expression against their regime. In the U.S., however, it is a different story.
Activist shouts down Raul Castro’s motorcade as it arrived at the Cuban Mission in NYC
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel, Nobel Lecture 1986
The reasons to protest the Castro regime are numerous and well documented. On September 28, 2015 Cuban exiles from around the country gathered in New York City in front of the United Nations and in front of the Cuban Mission to the United Nations to protest against Raul Castro and his dictatorship.
Towards the end of the day, when most of the protesters had left, FCF founder Augusto Monge on his way back from lunch happened upon Raul Castro and his motorcade returning to the Cuban Mission. In the video below, you can hear Augusto Monge denouncing Raul Castro, the dictatorship’s delegation and calling for the freedom of jailed artist and prisoner of conscience Danilo Maldonado known as “El Sexto.”