Protest at the University of Havana

Since not one English language news agency has bothered to report on this important and monumental development in Cuba, here is a translation of the story in the Diario Las Americas:

Cuban resistance protests at the University of Havana

Havana – Members of the Cuban resistance organized under The National Front of Civic Resistance and Civil Disobedience Orlando Zapata Tamayo protested in front of the emblematic steps of the University of Havana on Monday morning, August 16.

“There a call was made to the Cuban people to take to the streets peacefully and defend human rights,” declared via telephone to the Directorio Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez” from Santa Clara, the ex-political prisoner and member of the executive board of the Front.

Raising banners with messages calling for the liberty of the Cuban people and against the communist dictatorship, the activists, from diverse regions of Cuba, called on the public there to support the campaign “We are all the Resistance.”

“People of Cuba: we remind you that the streets as well as this university does not have political color nor ideology,” declared Sara Martha Fonseca, who spoke on behalf of the activists at the university steps. Afterward, the group began to yell out “The streets belong to the people! Liberty! Down with the Castros!” on the university grounds.

A few minutes after concluding their protest, the participating activists, Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo, Luis Enrique Labrador Diaz, and Eduardo Perez Flores were arrested.

“They find themselves arrested and in the custody of the political police and we seriously fear what might have happened to them. At this moment their fate is unknown and we do not know if they have been beaten or if charges have been brought against them.”

4 thoughts on “Protest at the University of Havana”

  1. Doesn’t the mosque controversy along with tepid overtures about easing travel restrictions nicely distract from this seminal development?

    The more this great news spreads, the better for liberty, Cuba, and its long suffering citizens.

    The problem with easing anything, as Gorby discovered to his chagrin, is that things can get away pretty quick, beyond the control of the controllers.

    Good for liberty. Not so good for tyrants.

    Paul Vincent Zecchino
    Manasota Key, Florida
    18 August, 2010

  2. It would be good if the students were protesting, this is where it needs to begin, with the young people. They can be the downfall of the Castro mob.
    The young people have to make it happen.

  3. Yahoonews on the other hand does not seem to by carrying it
    the lead article is
    “Cuba’s first transsexual in the spotlight”
    apparently excluding a certain leadership figure

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