Cubanos, España, Protestas, 11J

Spain commemorates the first anniversary of 11J with a march against the dictatorship

MIAMI, United States. — Cubans living in Madrid (Spain) marched this Sunday against the Cuban dictatorship on the eve of the first anniversary of the anti-government protests of July 11, 2021 (J11).

The demonstration, which was attended by the Cuban singer Yotuel Romero, one of the authors and performers of Homeland and Lifebegan in Cuesta de Moyano and continued along Paseo del Prado until reaching Cibeles.

“We are set, my people. We’re still on and we’re still connected, as Luisma and Maykel Osorbo say. We are all going to connect, because if we all get together and we all connect, communism will fall,” Yotuel told CubaNet.

The former Orishas member also took advantage of the occasion to perform Patria y Vida, a song that became the anthem of the 11J protests.

The march in the Spanish capital was also attended by Cuban exile organizations in that country, as well as political figures, such as Rocío Monasterio, president and spokesperson for Vox in the Community of Madrid.

The protesters also called on the government of socialist Pedro Sánchez to condemn the repression and the violation of human rights in Cuba.

“J11 is our day, the day the Cuban people got tired and took to the streets. That day has a great meaning for Cubans. And here I am, where I have to be, with the people, asking for what everyone wants: freedom,” musician Jorge Lian García Díaz, better known as Jorgito Kamankola, told this newspaper.

The musician took advantage of the occasion to release Down to’a musical theme dedicated to 11J.

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