Cuban exiles protest againt Spanish gov

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8 October 2007, MADRID - EFE - A group of Cuban exiles on Sunday hung from the arm of the statue of Columbus on the Madrid plaza named for the explorer a large white balloon bearing the slogan "Cuba, democracy now" in black letters.

8 October 2007

MADRID - EFE - A group of Cuban exiles on Sunday hung from the arm of the statue of Columbus on the Madrid plaza named for the explorer a large white balloon bearing the slogan "Cuba, democracy now" in black letters.

The protest was staged by a dozen members of the Cuban Democracy Now group, one of the Cuban exile organizations operating in Spain.

The head of the organization, Rigoberto Carceller, told Efe that the group's move was an expression of rejection for the "mistaken policy of the Spanish government" regarding Cuban leader Fidel Castro's communist regime.

"It's a simple protest action to express the discontent of Cuban democrats, who can no longer accept (Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel) Moratinos saying that (Cuban) prisoners are on the streets when they're in jail."

In a communique released before the demonstration, Cuban Democracy Now said that "every time the foreign minister of Spain mentions the success of his government in the release of prisoners, it's just laughing in the face of the victims within Cuba ... (because) there have been no such releases, but rather the carrying out of sentences" against dissidents on the island.

The Cuban exiles, who carried out the protest without any police oversight and without anyone hindering them, fastened the helium-filled white balloon 1-meter (yard) in diamter to the arm of the statue of Christopher Columbus - known as Cristobal Colon in the Spanish-speaking world - some 17 meters above the ground with the help of two cords.

Carceller said that they had performed their protest "with all the patience of those who have waited 50 years under a dictatorship" and he added that they were satisfied with the result of the action because "the message got out to society." EFE

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8 October 2007

MADRID - EFE - A group of Cuban exiles on Sunday hung from the arm of the statue of Columbus on the Madrid plaza named for the explorer a large white balloon bearing the slogan "Cuba, democracy now" in black letters.

The protest was staged by a dozen members of the Cuban Democracy Now group, one of the Cuban exile organizations operating in Spain.

The head of the organization, Rigoberto Carceller, told Efe that the group's move was an expression of rejection for the "mistaken policy of the Spanish government" regarding Cuban leader Fidel Castro's communist regime.

"It's a simple protest action to express the discontent of Cuban democrats, who can no longer accept (Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel) Moratinos saying that (Cuban) prisoners are on the streets when they're in jail."

In a communique released before the demonstration, Cuban Democracy Now said that "every time the foreign minister of Spain mentions the success of his government in the release of prisoners, it's just laughing in the face of the victims within Cuba ... (because) there have been no such releases, but rather the carrying out of sentences" against dissidents on the island.

The Cuban exiles, who carried out the protest without any police oversight and without anyone hindering them, fastened the helium-filled white balloon 1-meter (yard) in diamter to the arm of the statue of Christopher Columbus - known as Cristobal Colon in the Spanish-speaking world - some 17 meters above the ground with the help of two cords.

Carceller said that they had performed their protest "with all the patience of those who have waited 50 years under a dictatorship" and he added that they were satisfied with the result of the action because "the message got out to society." EFE

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