Press release from The Center for a Free Cuba
A “March for Freedom and Justice in Cuba” will be held today, February 23, 2023, by the Center for a Free Cuba, Cuba Decide, the Patmos Institute, and the podcast “Cubans in Washington, DC”, to draw attention to the anniversaries of the murder of prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo by prison guards on February 23, 2010, and the shooting down of two civilian aircraft of the humanitarian organization Brothers to the Rescue by Havana in an act of state terrorism on February 24, 1996 killing Carlos Costa, Pablo Morales, Mario De La Peña, and Armando Alejandre.
Other victims of Castroism, including the Cubans killed on October 28, 2022 when a boat carrying refugees was ambushed and sunk north of Bahia Honda by a Cuban coast guard cutter, will also be remembered by protesters.
“We demand that Miguel Diaz-Canel, the president of Cuba, and those authorities who are accountable for these crimes be subjected to Magnitsky sanctions. We will also continue to call for Cuba be expelled from the UN Human Rights Council, and that all political prisoners be freed immediately”, said John Suarez, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba.
Today’s “March for Freedom and Justice in Cuba” will start with participants gathering at 3:00pm in Lafayette Park ( the park facing the White House), then exit the park on 16th street marching up to the front of the Embassy of Cuba located at 2630 16th St. NW, Washington, DC.
Today’s demonstration coincides with the appeal to members of the UN General Assembly to expel Cuba from the UN Human Rights Council being signed by over 1,530 human rights advocates, religious leaders, writers, artists, intellectuals, journalists, businessmen, former diplomats and academicians.
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