Cuban expatriates and some Americans gathered this Monday outside the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. to protest and hold a vigil on the occasion of the first anniversary of the protests against the dictatorship on July 11, 2021.
Those gathered carried posters and banners bearing slogans such as “Viva Cuba Libre,” painted on cardboard. And in English, some said, “Freedom for Cuba, the Government is killing.”
On the ground and in front of the gate of the Cuban Embassy, the demonstrators spread out a series of black and white photographs of people who suffered reprisals under the dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel and brothers Fidel and Raúl Castro. The protest also had the presence of mothers and relatives.
Among them were names such as Christian Díaz, Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, Esmeralda Rodríguez and Yudinela Castro.
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“The tyranny of the Castros and Diaz-Canel must be overthrown. It has been too long, too many prisoners and too many dead people. This cannot continue like this; it cannot. It must be denounced here in Washington and around the world,” Marlene Suárez, one of the demonstrators who came wearing a T-shirt with the Cuban flag printed on it, told Efe.
The rally was accompanied by the loudspeakers of a truck in which there were also slogans and denunciations against the Cuban regime, such as “We were so hungry that we even ate our fear.”
The protestors chanted in unison on several occasions “God, homeland, and freedom,” as well as “Down with Castros” and “Díaz-Canel assassin.”