CUBA IN CRISIS

THE FOLLOWING IS A CALL FOR AWARENESS AND SOLIDARITY MADE BY CUBANS FROM THE OPPOSITION AND CIVIL SOCIETY CONCERNING THE WORSENING OF THE HEALTH CRISIS ON THE ISLAND

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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Andrea González y
Paula Bosio
Mirta Marrero
Yoanna Quesada Massabeaut UNPACU CUBA-DECIDE
Eduardo Antonio Arroyo
Juan José Padilla
Jorge Fraija Exeni
Barbara Granda
Yaquelin Jimenez Navarro
Eduardo Casas
Luis Marin labrada
Emilia Cruz
Elio Bartumeut
Ediel Cruzada
Ernesto Vila Mederos
Maydelin Tamayo
Madelina Diaz
Hector Diaz
neftali de la cruz
Raul Martinez Jr
Ruth Ovies
Julio Antonio Rodríguez González
Adolfo Borraza
Damián Sánchez
Maria Nixon hernandez
Susana Acosta Díaz Somos+
Lida Pedreira
telma ring
Eduardo Lopez
Melba Berrios
Ernesto Martinez
SILVIO DELFIN IZNAGA RANKLIN
Mario Hernandez
Raudel Perez
Lazaro Pol Somos+
Dianny Prieto
Tomas E Hidalgo
Rafael Leyva Leyva Frente Nacional de Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata Tamayo. Partido Republicano de Cuba
Nora Mayet cuesta Trabajador por cuenta propia
Hereje Official
Marta Perez
Frank Rivery
Roberto Leiva Olivares
IVANOVA IRIZARRY Somos +
Jonis Sendra
Migdalia Martinez
Mayra Pina
Daira Rodriguez
Taimi Serrano
Alex García
Roger Rodriguez Torres S
Raúl Torres
Moraima Díaz
Yenxy Araujo
Rubicelia Santiesteban
David Fernandez
Maritza Guerra
Danilo Claro Barcelo
Yoan Izquierdo
Yonnys Garlobo
Héctor Yassel Durán Pérez
Alberto de la Cruz
Jorge Nunez Silveira
Alexander González
Lis Mary León González Promotora de Cuba Decide
raul bello
Nora Vidal
Sergio Montes
Girasol Rojas Cubanos libres en Canadá
Armando Venereo
Gleicer Cespedes
Adniel Góngora pupo
Arturo Sosa-Renteria
Antonio Otero Saínz
Melva Florat
Jorge Leyva Valdes
Dolores Acebal
Claudie Poirier
Jorge Felix Pena de Armas
Virgen de la Caridad Quiñones Torrientes Unión Patriótica de Cuba
Lariuska Molina Enamorado UNPACU
Humberto Gutiez
Francisco De Armas Cubas
Yomil Hidalgo
Kirenia Ortiz
ALEX Gutierrez
Rosa María Zaldívar
Laritza Hernandez
William Arredonda
Yaidoni Zaldívar
Arnaldo Rojas
Eduardo Almeida
Arnaldo Rojas
Olmi Zuńiga
Amaury Cordón Rojas
Omar Garcia
Robert Martinez Caballero
regina suarez
Nelson Sol
Antonio René Fernandez