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March in Santa Clara Demands End to Repression, Surprises Secret Police
By Directorio Democrático Cubano

Message to the dictatorship: No more impunity. Message to Juanes: Moreso than concerts, we need freedom

Santa Clara. September 14, 2009. Cuban Democratic Directorate. On Friday afternoon, September 11, the women of the Rosa Parks Feminist Movement for Civil Rights led a march against repression and impunity and for the dignity of the Cuban people down a main Santa Clara thoroughfare. The members of the Rosa Parks Movement, dressed in black in sign of mourning for the oppression suffered by the Cuban people, carried signs reading: “March against impunity,” “End repression,” “Youth, Awaken!” “We All Are the Resistance,” and
”Juanes: Moreso than concerts, what we Cubans need is freedom and respect for human dignity.”


The march’s route ran down Prolongación de Marta Abreu street, through the Virginia neighborhood. It took the Havana regime’s repressive apparatus by surprise according to former political prisoner and leading opposition activist Jorge Luis García Pérez “Antúnez,” who witnessed the march.


“The Castro regime authorities, above all the members of the Ministry of the Interior’s Special Brigade, attempted to pounce on these women, but using a new tactic with a new approach, the marchers used the element of surprise. There was not enough time for the authorities to repress them, but there was enough time for the people of Santa Clara and the Virginia neighborhood to see these brave women,” stated Antúnez by telephone to the Cuban Democratic Directorate.


The marchers chanted “Down with the dictatorship,” and “End repression,” as the people watched.


Those who took part in the march were Marta Díaz Rondón and Dayamy Romero Ortiz from Holguín province, Sara Marta Fonseca Quevedo from the municipality of Boyeros in the City of Havana, Damaris Moya Portieles from the municipality of Santa Clara in Villa Clara province, and Iris Tamara Pérez Aguilera, president of the Movement from Placetas in Villa Clara province.



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