Protest against new wave of repression in Cuba to take place Nov. 8th outside Cuban embassy in Washington D.C.

If you happen to live in the D.C. area, or can travel there on short notice, please note the announcement below.

It’s not too often that Cubans outside of South Florida get a chance to show their displeasure with the Castro regime out in public.

If you can be there, avail yourself of this unique opportunity.

Assemble at 12 noon on November 8, 2019

Where: Embassy of the Kingdom of Castrogonia, 2630 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

From the Center for a Free Cuba

A protest for the freedom of all Cuban political prisoners will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 12 noon in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC.

Cuba Decide, a citizen initiative to change the political and economic system in Cuba via a nonviolent process of transition towards democracy, is circulating the following images, calling for the protest, and highlighting the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) members who have been detained since October 1, 2019. The most high profile of the four arbitrarily detained is José Daniel Ferrer García, the leader of the organization. UNPACU was formed in 2011 and describes itself as a “non-violent political organization.”

Amnesty International on October 8, 2019 issued an Urgent Action titled Opposition Leader Detained (CUBA: UA 134.19) for Cuban opposition activist José Daniel Ferrer García. In the Urgent Action the human rights organization outlines the basis for this campaign:

“On 1 October 2019, Cuban authorities detained José Daniel Ferrer García, leader of the unofficial political opposition group “Patriotic Union of Cuba” (Unión Patriótica de Cuba – UNPACU) in Santiago de Cuba. He was held incommunicado for 72 hours and remains in detention without charges. Ferrer García should be informed of the charges against him or should otherwise be released, have access to lawyers of his choosing and to his family, as well as access to medical care.”

This detention, along with three other members of the UNPACU group, coincides with Amnesty International’s naming of six Cuban prisoners of conscience in in August and September of 2019. The Urgent Action for José Daniel will continue through November 19, 2019, and all are welcome to take part.

There are systemic and profound problems with the Cuban legal system. On September 11, 2019 the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights released an important report analyzing the new Cuban constitution and the overall administration of the legal system in Cuba and concluded, in part, that:

“We have found that Cuban laws lack the necessary protections to ensure respect for due process and other human rights of persons accused of committing crimes. The guarantees that do exist are not respected by authorities in the majority of cases of independent activists.”

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Jose Daniel Ferrer