More than 30 Cuban emigrants who remain in Belgium and the Netherlands gathered in The Hague to speak in the so-called «March of the Prohibited», a mobilization that has taken place in front of the headquarters of the Cuban embassies in different countries around the world.
«I love my country, but I am ashamed of my government,» read a poster that the Cubans brought to the meeting and that they had as their motto during the demonstration.
Around two o’clock in the afternoon, Dutch time, Cubans and Dutchmen who joined in supporting the demonstration called for «Cuba’s freedom, democracy and respect for human rights. Each of the Cubans who attended had a reason to demonstrate, «Víctor M. Dueñas, a Cuban activist in the Netherlands and organizer of the march in that country, told CiberCuba.
According to Dueñas, although there was a provincial presence at the event, no event occurred that prevented them from demonstrating.
Much of the LGBTI community in the Netherlands also marched for elementary rights in Cuba, a country where the possibility of equal marriage in the Constitution has just disappeared.
In recent years, the number of Cubans who emigrated to the Netherlands has increased, since they saw the possibility of staying at Schiphol airport and requesting political asylum. However, in early 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country decided to require a transit visa for Cubans traveling outside the Schengen area through Dutch territory.
Many left Cuba for mainly political problems and fleeing homophobia. Such is the case of Franklyn Varela and her partner Andy Manuel Alemán, victims of police abuse in Cuba and who are waiting, after a year, for the Dutch National Institute of Immigration and Naturalization to finish giving a verdict on their case. .
Today, as in many cities, Cubans abroad managed to carry out a common initiative, which was first devised by the opposition Eliecer Ávila to march in front of the Cuban embassy in Washington, but which has already taken on an international character.
Dozens of Cubans also protested in Madrid in front of the Cuban embassy with sweaters with slogans such as «Freedom for Cuba» and «Cuba, democracy now!», And signs that said «YoVotoNo» and «Ni 1+».