Press Advisory: Vigil to be held in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC on July 11th at 7pm the second anniversary of nationwide protests in Cuba

Press Advisory

Vigil to be held in front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC on July 11th at 7pm the second anniversary of nationwide protests in Cuba

Contacts: John Suarez (612) 367-6845

               Janisset Rivero (786) 208-6056

Center for a Free Cuba, July 10, 2023, Washington, DC. On Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00PM a vigil will be held at the Cuban Embassy located at 2630 16th St NW, Washington, DC that is being co-organized by the Center for a Free Cuba, Cuba Decide, the Patmos Institute, Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

Names of Cuban victims of the communist dictatorship murdered or jailed in July will be read out, and a prayer said for the dead. We demand justice for those extrajudicially executed, and freedom for those arbitrarily detained for exercising their fundamental human rights.

On July 12, 2021 in the midst of nonviolent protests Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, a 36-year-old singer, was shot in the back by the police in Cuba after joining 11J protests in Havana.

Christian Barrera Díaz went missing in Cuba on July 12, 2021 while engaged in nonviolent protest. Police told the family he was in custody, then said he drowned, and was buried in a mass grave. His family is convinced police beat him to death.

There are others, but the regime has terrorized families into silence.

Over 1,000 political prisoners remain in Cuba two years later. Over 300,000 Cubans fled the island after the crackdown. Nonviolent protests, however, persist, as does the Castro regime’s brutality.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found in their report made public on June 12, 2023 that “Oswaldo Payá, a human rights defender and political leader, and Harold Cepero, also a defender and political dissident, were subjected to various acts of violence, harassment, threats, and attempts on their lives, until finally, a vehicle crash caused their death on July 22, 2012, by a car driven by an agent of the Castro regime.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found in their report made public on October 16, 1996 that “the Cuban State is responsible for violating the right to life (Article 1 of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man) of the 41 people who were shipwrecked and perished as a result of the sinking of the tug “13 de Marzo”, which events occurred seven miles off  the Cuban coast on July 13, 1994.  The persons who died that morning are:  Leonardo Notario Góngora, Marta Tacoronte Vega, Caridad Leyva Tacoronte, Yausel Eugenio Pérez Tacoronte, Mayulis Méndez Tacoronte, Odalys Muñoz García, Pilar Almanza Romero, Yaser Perodín Almanza, Manuel Sánchez Callol, Juliana Enriquez Carrasana, Helen Martínez Enríquez, Reynaldo Marrero, Joel García Suárez, Juan Mario Gutiérrez García, Ernesto Alfonso Joureiro, Amado Gonzáles Raices, Lázaro Borges Priel, Liset Alvarez Guerra, Yisel Borges Alvarez , Guillermo Cruz Martínez, Fidelio Ramel Prieto-Hernández, Rosa María Alcalde Preig, Yaltamira Anaya Carrasco, José Carlos Nicole Anaya, María Carrasco Anaya, Julia Caridad Ruiz Blanco, Angel René Abreu Ruiz, Jorge Arquímides Lebrijio Flores, Eduardo Suárez Esquivel, Elicer Suárez Plascencia, Omar Rodríguez Suárez, Miralis Fernández Rodríguez, Cindy Rodríguez Fernández, José Gregorio Balmaceda Castillo, Rigoberto Feut Gonzáles, Midalis Sanabria Cabrera, and four other victims who could not be identified.”

“We mark the second anniversary of nationwide protests in Cuba to draw attention to the plight of the Cuban people, particularly the over 1,000 political prisoners, Cubans murdered for nonviolently protesting or fleeing the dictatorship, the worsening repression on the Island, and the ongoing hunger and thirst strike by artist and prisoner of conscience Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara inside Cuba. We want justice for those killed, and freedom for those arbitrarily detained”, said John Suárez, Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba.

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