It is time to stand together against coronavirus infection, repression and poverty.

Today, while we believe that we are still on time, we have the responsibility to alert and try to protect our people in the face of a crisis that can potentially turn into a national tragedy of unmanageable proportions.

Before the international community, we denounce the intensification of the repression by the authorities of the dictatorship and the subsequent increase in the risk of COVID-19 contagion for the citizens that this practice entails. We are alerting people to the danger to the life and security of our people due to the shortages and the absence of sanitary conditions in public places, including hospitals and detention centers, due to inaction, corruption and negligence of those who hold power in Cuba.

In recent days, as the number of people infected with and have suffered death from the novel coronavirus increases in Cuba, the Castro-communist regime increases repressive actions against peaceful opponents, political prisoners, human rights defenders, independent journalists and anyone who exposes the alarming reality that is occurring in the midst of the shortage and the crisis surrounding COVID-19.

Repression increases every hour. Many activists and non-affiliated citizens have been detained, threatened, stripped of their cell phones and even physically assaulted and taken to prison by the authorities for taking a photo or posting on social media. The dictatorship uses article 68 of Decree-Law 370, which considers it an offense to spread, through public networks, information contrary to "social interest, morality, good customs and integrity of people.”

Throughout the country, the already chronic shortage of food and basic necessities is aggravated, while the dictatorship persecutes and imposes prohibitions on self-employed workers. Cubans must stand in long lines that eventually become massive crowds in order to acquire what little the state markets offer, making it practically impossible to carry out elementary measures to avoid contagion. Public transport is paralyzed, most have to travel miles on foot looking for essential items to survive. As the days pass, the situation grows seemingly worse.

As life becomes increasingly difficult, the regime controls all the mass media, publishing lies and propaganda to generate a false and dangerous sense of security among Cubans, while manipulating and exaggerating the news about the problems faced by other nations whose governments criticize Castroism.

What is especially distressing are the conditions in which political prisoners find themselves and the actions against them at a time when their lives are in the greatest danger. Today they are suffering from confinement in solitary confinement punishment cells, they are being transferred to prisons distant from their relatives, there exists arbitrary confiscation of food and toiletries, and suspension of phone calls, all while the regime hinders aid from exile. To all this, we must add overcrowding, poor hygiene and food and the deficiencies of medical care.

Considering the above, we demand the immediate release of the more than eight-thousand innocents who, without having committed a crime, are convicted of “Pre-criminal Dangerousness” and the release of all political prisoners. Given the aggravation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the absence of sanitary conditions in prisons, urgent release is what is "just and necessary", as requested by the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro.

Cuba needs help and we want to take initiative and request it today from the international community. It is urgent that independent civil society and all Cubans of good will, immediately take the necessary steps to create mechanisms and implement measures to combat the coronavirus, curb the growing repression of the dictatorship and alleviate the difficulties and widespread misery. We call for the unity of the Cuban democratic movement, on the island and the diaspora, and we ask for the support of international solidarity, to overcome the crisis that Cuba is going through.

We invite all citizens and organizations on the island and exile to join this call to action.

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Taylo Perez
Evert Luis Hidalgo
vicente fernandez hernandez
Andrés Ramiro Naranjo Pardo
Ana Lupe Busto
Hernán Bressi
Ariana Valdes Soutelo
Pura Toledano
Arlen Tavares
Irmina Caro
Carlos Willian Dominguez Ayala
Yamilet Rivero González
Marco Aurelio García Sarmiento
Juan Parrilla
Mario luis Garcia santos Union de cubanos en uruguay libres
Roberto De la nuez
Mike Porcel
Victor Manuel Pérez López Asociación de Cubanos en el Mundo por la Democracia y la Libertad (CMDL)
Denisse Parada
Francis Menéndez
Junior Dominguez
Roberto Lantigua
Bely Rodriguez Morales
Ahmed Fernandez
Idael Avila
Zurab Khrikadze
Lilian Tenreiro
Orestes Valledor
Yureilys García
Leoncio Alvarez Cubadecide
Omar Roche
Caridad Alvarez
Yainet Navarro Rebozo
Silvia15 Labrit
Jose Cabrera
Osiris Guerra
Arlenys Quintana
Dariana Macuran
Luis Almenares mendez
Luis Alberto Torres Rondon Ministerio Con el Poder de la Palabra
Walter Clavel Torres CLUB Suecia
Milton Arnando Diaz Mojebas
Yudith Sanchez
Martin Lessenthin International Society for Human Rights
Richard Rodríguez
Arnoldo Benitez Oro
Ruben Paz
Pedro Benitez
Caupo Sanchez
Ernesto Reyes Independiente
Otilia A. Marina
Raúl Alegret
Aracely Pulles
Daniel Magnero-Rodriguez
Mariolys Suarez
Vivian Hernandez
Angel Quintana
Susan Bravo
Joel Brito Delgado Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social y Corporativa con Cuba (GIRSCC)
Jeanni Zamora Fagundo
Lauren Gonzalez Alvarez
Lariuska Molina Enamorado
Laritza Varona de la Cruz
Kisdiel Perez Jimenez
Jorge de la Torre Montecino
Jorge Duniel Valera Navarro
Josefa Madelin Leyva Toranzo
Juan Pascual Caballero
Julio Leiva Leiva
Julio Ferrer Tamayo
Julio Antonio Aleaga Pesant
Jenifer Sanchez Espinosa
Deylis Yania Acosta Sarmiento
Dixan Gainza More
Donaida Perez Paseiro
Ebert Hidaldo Cruz
Edidiersi Santana Jobo
Elber Perez Perez
Enrique Losada Aguelo
Ernesto Oliva Torres
Eugenio Orlando Ramirez
Evelio Fernandez Salazar
Francisco Rangel Manzano
Frank Corrales Labrada
Grechent Alfonso Torres
Guillermo Del Sol
Gustavo Garavito Gomez
Hans Benabor Fundichely
Ileana Ravelo Jerlehagen
Iliana Marrero Marrero
Iris Ruiz
Jackeline Heredia Morales
Javier Moreno
Denessis Carolina Lizarazo
Dayana Castillo Cifre
Claudia Genlui Hidalgo Moreno
Ciro Alexis Casanova
Carlos Rafael Soler Veloz