Uprising in Cuba: Pro-freedom and pro-democracy activists prepare for another island-wide protest

Julio Schilling in El American:

Cuban Dissidents Prepare for Fresh Wave of Protests

The Civic March for Change is a follow-up to the demonstrations that began back in July.

It was clear, judging from the heroism displayed by hundreds of thousands of Cubans that took to the streets on the 11th of July in what has been referred to as the Cuban Uprising of 2021 (J11), that despite the expected savage crackdown levied upon the mostly young demonstrators by the sixty-two-year-old Castro regime, the popular demands for the cessation of communist rule in Cuba would not stop. Having over 5,000 Cubans immediately detained, as reported by 14YMedio, and in some cases extravagantly perverted prison sentences being handed down, such as the twenty-five-year jail term sought for Maikel Puig Bergolla, a husband and father of two minors who participated in the J11 peaceful protest in the city of Quivicán (Havana province), on fabricated charges of “disorderly conduct, contempt of court, instigation to commit a crime and attempted murder,” the planning of future protests on the Island has not been impeded.

The Civic March for Change is a follow-up event to the J11 demonstrations. This programmed peaceful protest calling for a democratization transition in Cuba and a host of human and natural rights demands is scheduled for the 15th of November (N15). The date was changed from the original November 25, due to the Marxist dictatorship’s reactive announcement of conducting military exercises across the whole country to thwart the project. Its organizers, Archipelago, a civic action committee formed by Cuban playwright Yunior García on social media platforms, reconvened the nationwide call for a march for November 15, to upend the Castro regime’s scheduled repressive military show. Cuban communism, in customary zealot mode, has instituted a host of quashing measures to inhibit the protest from being executed.

The Castro-communist government has adopted a two-fold methodological strategy in its attempt to keep Cubans from publicly expressing their legitimate demands in the streets. One, has been the obvious brutal regime response following the J11 civic rebellion. This includes indiscriminate tortures (physical and mental) to those confined, the negation of basic state-monopolized services to their family members, the threats of potential “criminal” charges against close relatives, and the imposing, or threat of, long prison terms for alleged “crimes” on those who dared to protest or who are considering joining the N15 demonstrations./The other mode is the mobilization of regime actors to confront and physically attack and or intimidate protesters or potential protesters from taking their valid claims to the public forum.

Through their Facebook page, the N15 promoters alerted the public to the Castro regime’s amplification of its oppressive reactionary scheme, “Until last week,” they state, “the summons had been addressed to the coordinators of the Archipiélago group, signatories of the letters to the provincial governments, relatives, and friends. Now they have begun to randomly summon the signatories of the list of support for the march, which includes more than 1,200 people, and even those who have expressed their support for the civic initiative of 15N in networks.” The clear design by the communist authorities is to stifle popular participation with the potentiality of facing long prison terms. The socialist legalism in place in Cuba, an overt instrument of dictatorial rule, is adamant about the supremacy of socialism as a systemic order and its enforcement is omnipresent in every layer of the Cuban Penal Code, Castroism’s laws, and the recent 2019 Constitution.

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