Press Release: Vigil at Cuban Embassy to observe third anniversary of nationwide protests in Cuba, mark 30 years since the“13 de Marzo” tugboat massacre, in addition to other remembrance activities

Press Release:

Vigil at Cuban Embassy to observe third anniversary of nationwide protests in Cuba, mark 30 years since the“13 de Marzo” tugboat massacre, in addition to other remembrance activities

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Contacts: John Suarez (612) 367-6845 and Janisset Rivero (786) 208-6056

 

Center for a Free Cuba, July 9, 2022, Washington, DC. Various actions will take place this week, in Washington, and in Miami, to mark historic crimes committed by the Cuban dictatorship, demand justice for the victims killed, and the hundreds currently unjustly imprisoned in Cuba.

This Wednesday, July 10th at 7 PM, a vigil will be held to remember the Cubans murdered by the communist dictatorship of Cuba, and to ask for the freedom of the more than a thousand political prisoners who suffer today on the Island.

The Cuban Embassy in Washington is located at 2630 16th St NW, Washington, DC and this activity is organized by the Center for a Free Cuba, Cuba Decide, the Heritage Foundation, the Patmos Institute, the Victims of Communism Foundation and the Young America’s Foundation.

“In observance of the violent and deadly crackdown on nonviolent demonstrators in July 2021, the murders of Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero in July 2012, and the massacre of 37 Cubans in July 1994, when the “13 de marzo” tugboat was attacked and sunk, we will observe 13 minutes of silence, a silent accusatory cry for justice, and for freedom. These atrocities were all committed by agents of the Cuban dictatorship. We demand that they all be held accountable, and the over 1,100 current political prisoners be immediately freed,” said program officer Janisset Rivero.

On Thursday, July 11 at 5:30 PM, the Democracy Movement is calling for a gathering for a nonviolent protest on the sidewalk in front of Versailles, on 8th Street and 35th Avenue in Southwest Miami.

On Friday, July 12 at 1:00 PM, members of the Cuban exile community will accompany the ashes of Jorge García Más, who lost 14 family members in the sinking of the “13 de Marzo” tugboat, and who recently died in Miami. His ashes will be deposited in the Catholic Cemetery located at 11411 NW 25 Street, in Doral.

“We mark the third anniversary of nationwide protests in Cuba, taking into account the escalating repression within the Island, past and present extrajudicial killings, the continuing arbitrary detentions, Cuban citizens denied the right to return to their homeland, and other repressive measures in order to send a message to Havana: This will not stand. We urge people of good faith who stand in solidarity with free Cubans to sign the petition to expel Cuba from the UN Human Rights Council,” said John Suárez, Executive Director of the Center for a Free Cuba.

On Saturday, July 13 at 11:30AM, a Mass will be held at the Ermita de la Caridad for the souls of the victims of the Tugboat and those of Jorge García and his daughter Maria Victoria García. That same day at 7PM, the members of the Free Foundation, the Christian Liberation Movement will hold 13 minutes of silence to commemorate the massacre perpetrated 30 years ago at Florida International University Fountain located at 107 SW Avenue and 16th Street, Modesto Maidique Campus.

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