The organizers are considering holding rallies every Wednesday and Sunday in front of the Príncipe de Asturias and La Glorieta pavilion: “We are not afraid”
About two hundred people demonstrated this Sunday morning in Murcia against the Government of Miguel Díaz-Canel and to demand “freedom for the Cuban people.”
At the rally, which was held in the Glorieta de España, chants were heard against the Cuban regime such as “down with the dictatorship”, “hunger is over, misery is over” and accusations of “murderer” for the Castros and the current Cuban president.
The president of the European Ibero-American Alliance against Communism (AIECC), Sayde Chaling-Chong, a Cuban musician living in Barcelona and affiliated with Vox, led the protest and thanked these parties for their support “in the fight for a free Cuba” in the European Parliament. Chaling-Chngo pointed out that he has “a mixture of joy and sadness, because it is absolutely necessary that the Cuban people finally rise up to the ignominy, hunger, persecution,” but, on the other hand, he affirmed that there is concern “because there is many Cubans disappeared, there are many dead. “We are here to give support to all our brothers who are breastfeeding bullets in Cuba,” he said.
Héctor, a Cuban resident in San Javier who arrived in Spain in 1989 at the age of 29, regretted that Cuba has had “more than 60 years of communism.” «I was born with the revolution and I had to leave because of the injustices that were there. At first I was just another communist, because of the doctrines they teach us since we were children, but then you realize that everything is a lie and falsehood, “he explained.
«I did a career there, Electromechanical Electromotive Engineering, but all the illusions I had were false. Now I’m working here as an engineer and I’m doing great. Leaving was the best thing I did, but I have had to endure being separated from my family. My mother died and I could not go to the funeral because they did not allow me to enter Cuba, “he recalls emotionally.
Héctor, who prefers not to give his last name to avoid reprisals against his family, is hopeful about the mobilization of Cubans in disagreement with the regime on the island, but he does not believe that the protests will end him: «I honestly don’t see the end is near, that is going to be beaten down ».
José Miguel Rodríguez López, representative of the group Cubans in Murcia for the Freedom of Cuba, explained to his compatriots in the rally that progress is being made to create an association of Cubans in Murcia and that they are working so that the protests in the city are celebrate periodically every Wednesday and Sunday in front of the Prince of Asturias Pavilion and La Glorieta, respectively.
The concentration had the support of the PP, Vox and Citizens parties, although there were no representatives of the orange formation, due to the celebration of the party’s convention this weekend in Madrid.
On behalf of the Popular Party, Verónica Barcenilla, president of the party’s Ibero-American Commission, attended. Barcenilla, of Venezuelan origin, said she felt “proud” of the Cuban struggle and affirmed that she understands what is happening. “In Venezuela we have been under a dictatorship for 22 years,” he recalled. “I have faith that the Cubans are going to be the liberators of Ibero-America.”
At the protest, the protesters knelt for a minute of silence before “the only ones we can kneel in front of, who are the Cuban people,” said Sayde Chaling-Chong.
On behalf of the Parliamentary group Vox, the three deputies in the Regional Assembly, Juan José Liarte, the Minister of Education and Culture of the regional Government, Mabel Campuzano, and Francisco Carrera attended.
Liarte gave a speech in which he made his own the slogan that the Popular Party began to use in the 4-M elections in Madrid: “Communism or freedom.” The spokesman for those expelled from Vox made references in his speech to some of the postulates of his party, such as the rejection of abortion, and pointed out that “communism is a monster that does not mind killing children before they are born, who does not mind destroying families and who seeks to destroy people when they are no longer productive tools. “It is not a Cuban problem, it is a global problem,” he said.
Upset about partisan use
Yereimys León, a Cuban who has been living in Murcia for four years, where she teaches languages, who attended the event showed her discomfort with the “use” of Cuban discontent for partisan purposes. “I believe that no attention is being paid to what is happening right now, which is that the president himself, imposed by an undemocratic route, called for civil war and repression that is in the streets right now, and right now They are not talking about that, “he lamented.
«In Cuba there is a dictatorship, there is repression against the people, there are disappearances and political prisoners. And now they are not talking about a health crisis, that people are taking to the streets in the midst of the worst outbreak, and that it all started when the government refused to receive humanitarian aid, “said Yereimys León.
“I do not agree with the discourse that Vox and the PP are now the saviors of Ibero-America, nor with their crusade against communism, when their discourse, the first of which is anti-immigration. I understand that hatred of communism is leading Cubans to the right, but Cubans cannot be forgotten that there are manipulated speeches taking advantage of their discontent, “he concluded.