Europa Press Agency and Spanish embassy sources told EL PAS that Jr. Garcia, the main leader of the Cuban opposition-based archipelago, the convener of the frustrated citizens’ march on November 15, arrived in Spain on Wednesday. Leaving the country “at his own request.”
The news came as a surprise to the Archipelago site, which said on its Facebook page this Wednesday that after one of its members came to his house, the activist thought he was missing because no one had opened the door. Diplomatic sources point out that prudent arrangements have been made for several days for Garcia’s trip, which was valid for a long-term visa to enter Spain. Garcia flew to Madrid on Tuesday on an Iberia flight with his wife Dayana Brito.
Efe said the Cuban government had promised that there would be no agreement between Havana and Madrid to facilitate the dissident’s exit from the island. A representative of the Cuban government promised Cuban officials “nothing” with the trip, and the activist thought he would have activated the tourist visa himself.
Sources close to Garcia said his decision to leave Cuba was due to “brutal police pressure in recent weeks.” “Now we have to wait for him to talk there and tell us his reasons,” says one of his close friends. Last Sunday, Garcia wanted to march alone through the central Havana neighborhood to prevent violence against 15-N protesters and mark the protests. Throughout the day, government and security agents surrounded him in plain clothes and organized a protest against him, preventing him from leaving the house.
Garcia’s last public words On Sunday, he was locked in his home and contacted via Facebook. “I’m going to take only one white rose from Quijote Park to the boardwalk and march alone. This is not a violation of any right, on the contrary, it is my human and constitutional right, but apparently they are not even willing to allow it,” he said, and then he said Dressed in white, the parade maintained his desire.
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In this message he further said: We are living in very ugly days in Cuba. Unfortunately, we are living in very bad times, and Cuban artists know better. Gray quinine [el periodo de los años setenta del siglo XX en el que cientos de narradores, dramaturgos y artistas fueron perseguidos y expulsados de sus trabajos por ser homosexuales o no cumplir con los “parámetros” revolucionarios] And horrific acts of hatred, animosity against some Cubans and others.
Garcia criticized the government for not allowing people like him to express themselves on the streets and demand the rights of basic citizens, while other “young people are allowed to protest in Central Park because they are pro-revolutionary or what they call revolutionary. They have removed all the masks that show they are a conservative dictatorship. He was referring to the action taken at the same time in Havana, a historic center organized in support of the government attended by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Connell.
The 15-N demonstration was initially called to take place on a pre-determined route in Havana and various cities in the country, for which official permission was sought from the government. One in the capital is scheduled to run from Boardwalk to Central Park at 3pm on Monday, where dealers will dress up for the evening in front of the statue of national hero Jose Marti. The request was declared illegal and organizers were warned by the prosecutor’s office that the full weight of the law would fall on them if they took to the streets that day.
From there, the archipelago condemned an unprecedented pressure campaign, with rejection actions, media attacks for contempt, arbitrary arrests, intimidation of families, dismissals and exemplary punishments for those detained during the July 11 protests. Faced with the situation, Garcia announced a change in his strategy to prevent violence against protesters or that they would be sent to prison. The early cult of the 15-N protest was also changed, and people were asked to dress in white on that day and to take to the streets without marching on a particular path. Casseroles were also called to the fight.
Leading leaders of the march for change were barred from going outside their homes and streets under police surveillance in 15N. Many were subjected to rejection measures, as had happened the previous day with Garcia, the main leader of the protest. Opposition groups called for the beleagured PM to resign. The streets of Havana, especially after the July 11 demonstrations, including the Malegaon, Pascio del Prado and the Capitol, were very crowded and marked areas, and there was a large police presence in uniform. Civil. No marches.
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