The organizers of the banned protest in Cuba maintain their call for November 15

They respond to the “authoritarianism” of the Government, which they accuse of resorting to “lies” to continue justifying censorship


The opposition platform that had called in Cuba the November 15 protest, vetoed this week by the Government of Miguel Díaz-Canel, announced this Tuesday that, “in the face of authoritarianism” and despite the warnings, it will try to demonstrate peacefully .

The Archipelago movement, founded by the playwright Yunior García, had initially set the date on November 20, but some military maneuvers announced by the Cuban regime in the previous days led the Archipelago to advance its convocation to the 15th.

The Old Havana Board of Directors responded to the request with a negative, alleging that the promoters have ties with the United States and “have the manifest intention of promoting a change in the political system in Cuba,” according to the note released by the official press. .

“Legitimacy is not recognized in the reasons put forward for the march,” say the authorities, who consider the system established by Fidel Castro six decades ago “irrevocable.” In this sense, they claim “the right to fight by all means against anyone who tries to overthrow the established political, social and economic order.”

For Archipelago, this response “shows once again that the rule of law does not exist in Cuba, that they are not willing to respect even their own Constitution and that they violate the Human Rights of Cubans.”

“The regime’s response has made the president of the Supreme Court himself ridiculous, who said that Cuba would respect the right to demonstrate,” the movement denounced on Twitter, which sees the letter “full of falsehoods, defamations and lies.”

“Against authoritarianism”, the opposition platform has promised “civility and more civility.” “On November 15, our personal decision will be to march peacefully and civically for our rights,” he announced, anticipating a foreseeable pulse that could lead to scenes similar to those of July 11, when the security forces repressed another mobilization.


Yunior García has acknowledged in statements to French radio RFI that the government’s decision is no surprise – “they are the same excuses as always” – and, in his opinion, it shows that the “most radical” factor continues to prevail. “In that discussion the hawks have won. This official response shows that there is not even a minimum civic space of legality for Cubans to express (…) their proposals to participate in the reality of the country,” he lamented.

The playwright has also denied any link with the United States and has accused the Government of resorting to “the usual lie” to “try to deceive” both the local population and the international community.

Regarding the reasons for the march, the main message was an allegation against violence, “especially” that registered in the July protests, when “the president gave the order to fight” to attack peaceful protesters.

It also demands the release of the “political prisoners” and an “honest and transformative dialogue” that allows the “political, economic and social crisis” to be resolved through “democratic and peaceful means”.

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