Human Rights Activists Fast in Cuba to Confront Repression for Wearing “Cambio” T-shirts
Latin-American Leaders Support Their Demand for Freedom
While this occurred in the Arroyo Naranjo neighborhood in Havana, leaders from various human rights organizations in Latin America held a press conference on Friday, September 7th supporting those human rights activists in Cuba that have been fasting since Saturday, August 4th. Also present in the conference were several exile organizations that also support the campaign.
“Military officials have taken over an elementary school to use as a military base to harass those activists that try to join in solidarity,” stated Ángel Enrique Fernández Rivero, former political prisoner and one of those fasting during the press conference.
Hipólito Ramírez, Dominican Patriotic Committee, María del Milagro Méndez, Costa Rican Solidarity Committee for Democracy in Cuba, Danny Quirós, Communications Director of the Libertario Movement Party, the third political force in Costa Rica, discussed ideas and initiatives that shall occur in their respective countries in order to support the efforts made by those who are fasting for their freedom in Cuba. “The non-cooperation campaign attracts international attention because it is a peaceful form of struggle against a dictatorship,” expressed Danny Quirós. “We are convinced that this is how the Cuban people will obtain the change that they need and yearn.
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Pérez Leyva was released after a few hours thanks to the efforts made by other activists who pressured authorities to free him. Pérez Leyva’s wife, Lizbeth, mobilized the activists and informed State Security that if Pérez Leyva was not freed, those fasting and other activists would organize a “sit-in” in front of the City Police Station.
The Raúl Castro regime continues repression in the streets of
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