Rosa Parks Movement in Cuba marches in support of the fallen

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Rosa Parks Movement: Marching for the Fallen in Cuba

Each Thursday in the central region of Cuba women dressed in black march to their nearest church, in a sign of honor and respect to compatriots who have lost their lives in the struggle for establishing a country free from dictatorships.  Many times the women are beat, arrested or deported, but each week they walk.  They are the members of the Rosa Parks Movement for Civil Rights, named so in honor of the American civil rights hero.

The women of the Movement are mainly active in the provinces of Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila and Camaguey.  They dress in black “as a sign of mourning“, according to the group’s president, Yris Tamara Perez Aguilera, originally from Sancti Spiritus and who has been known as one of the female leaders of the Cuban opposition for some years now after she begun her activities demanding the release of her husband, former political prisoner Jorge Luis Garcia Perez ‘Antunez’, who spent 17 years in the communist gulags for demanding change and freedom in the 90?s.

But why do these women mourn?

Because we are honoring the many victims of the Castro tyranny“, explained Perez Aguilera, who explains that she is referring to the martyrs of all generations since 1959, “like Pedro Luis Boitel, Mario Chanes de Arma, Mario Manuel de la Pena, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Laura Pollan Toledo, Harold Cepero, Oswaldo Paya“… but she assures that “the list continues“.

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2 thoughts on “Rosa Parks Movement in Cuba marches in support of the fallen

  1. You know, I think Cuban dissident and opposition figures should stop overtly acknowledging black American civil rights figures until the black American establishment deigns to acknowledge and support Cubans fighting for civil rights. As it happens, said establishment has notoriously ignored, not ot say snubbed, even black Cuban civil rights activists, and yes, I think it’s been done knowingly and deliberately. One could argue that American blacks already have enough problems of their own to bother about Cuba, but that would only fly if they had ignored Cuba altogether, as opposed to selectively. If you don’t believe me, look at Charlie Rangel, the Congressional Black Caucus, the “Pastors for Peace” and assorted black celebrities like Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte. And no, you can’t have it both ways.

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