Boils Madrid from Cibeles to Callao. Thousands of Cuban exiles, sympathetic citizens and political leaders mobilize with a clear and forceful message: stop the repression in Cuba after 62 years of dictatorship. Democracy and freedom.
The thermometer is around 30 degrees, nothing insufferable by the standards of the capital this summer, and it runs like a wind of freedom that breathes the soul of those who, like Yotuel romeroThey have been fighting the Cuban dictatorship for years. “I only ask the Spanish government not to abandon us in Cuba’s most difficult moment“the singer and leader of the Cuban dissidence in Miami and Spain shouts while getting into a car.
Those present do not understand that the Government of Spain, absent from the rally, limits itself to saying that Cuba “is not a democracy” and does not dare to pronounce the word “dictatorship” to refer to the island. “Sánchez, say it, Cuba is dictatorship! “, chant the attendees, calling for” freedom for political prisoners “who are being detained and imprisoned through very summary trials.
“Down with communism”, “down with dictatorship”, “long live democracy” or “Cuba yes, Castro no” are some of the most repeated slogans in a protest that not only stands out for its massive influx, but for the civic discipline of the protesters, who say they have “lost their fear” but not their manners.
It is the case of Jorge Luis, exiled for more than twenty years in Madrid from San Antonio de los Baños, who confesses to EL ESPAÑOL that he is “hopeful for the first time”: “Those bastards are going to pay for what they have done to my homeland.”
Along with thousands of Cubans like him, Spaniards who show solidarity and some leaders of the Popular Party, Vox and Ciudadanos. Among them, the popular president Pablo Casado, who has been seen together with the most famous political prisoner of the tyranny of Nicolás Maduro, Leopoldo Lopez.
Also haunted the scene Rocío Monastery, wrapped in a lone star flag, who was pleased to see how the people “who have been indoctrinated in the homeland and death for 62 years” today shout “homeland and life. And he sent a letter to Pedro Sánchez, using the chronicler’s tape recorder: “We have the right for all countries and all governments to say that Cuba is a dictatorship.”
All have attended dressed in white, the color symbol of peace, because the tone of the demonstration has been that: solidarity and hope. Perhaps the cry of Ernesto, a 32-year-old exile whose family still lives in Cuba, is the best weather vane to understand the winds of change: “At last we see the light at the end of the tunnel; at last I will be able to hug my parents again.”
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