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Miami Joins Global Rallies for Belarus, Thanks to Local Free Cuba Youth Activists
MIAMI – A global series of demonstrations for freedom in Belarus organized by young people taking place today has a Miami connection thanks to a dynamic group of youth activists. Young Cubans in Action demonstrated in the heart of Miami Beach on Sunday August 21, 2011 [photos & video available at http://jcaweb.blogspot.com] to show their support for beleaguered protesters in Belarus, a country commonly referred to as Europe's last dictatorship. The rally, organized by Young Cubans in Action [http://twitter.com/jcaweb], was the first in a worldwide series of demonstrations this week for freedom in Belarus organized by the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [http://twitter.com/iydu] and Swedish Member of Parliament Christian Holm [http://twitter.com/christianholm].
“We livened up Lincoln Road with a message of solidarity for those defending basic liberties in Belarus. As young people working to support Cuba's pro-freedom Resistance, we're honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our liberty-seeking friends in Belarus and our IYDU colleagues all over the world today,” stated Aramis L. Perez [http://twitter.com/aramislperez], head of Young Cubans in Action and IYDU vice-chairman since 2009.
The Miami Rally for Freedom in Belarus took its cue from recent demonstrations in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where demonstrators have clapped their hands and set their mobile phones to go off in unison as a sign of protest against the oppressive Alexander Lukashenko regime.
“After more than 70 years of oppression under the Soviet regime, the country got its independence back on 25 August 1991. The freedom and independence did not last for long...Belarus is today the most closed and undemocratic country, often called the last dictatorship, in Europe,” wrote Christian Holm, a Member of Parliament from Sweden's Moderate Party and IYDU vice-chairman, on his blog [http://blogg.vf.se/christian/2011/08/07/manifestation-for-belarus-vitryssland-august-25-sven/].
Around the world, additional IYDU member organizations and friends of freedom will be demonstrating today, August 25, 2011, the date marking Belarus's independence from the Soviet Union. Events announced so far include actions in London, Berlin, Brussels, and Stockholm.
The “Global Manifestation for Belarus” is being organized online through e-mail, and social media platforms such as Facebook (“Global Manifestation for Belarus” [http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=265040436839725], IYDU [http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Young-Democrat-Union-IYDU/162705093775220]) and Twitter, using the hashtags #August25 and #Belarus.
The island of Cuba, where a growing movement for freedom is gaining traction despite harsh repression, is never far from the hearts of the young activists organizing the rally, however.
“This Sunday, we saw more violent repression against Cuba's Ladies in White who simply attend Holy Mass, pray for their country, and march peacefully for the release of all political prisoners. This Tuesday, brave women activists from the Cuban Resistance demonstrated against repression on the steps of Havana's historic Capitol Building. For Cuba and for Belarus alike, Young Cubans in Action stands united for freedom with our friends around the world,” stated Aramis L. Perez.
Young Cubans in Action works to support the pro-freedom Resistance in Cuba, particularly by promoting international solidarity with the freedom movement on the Island. Young Cubans in Action is a full member organization of the International Young Democrat Union and the Youth of the Christian Democrat Organization of America.
The organization is also a member of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a coalition of over 50 pro-democracy groups in Cuba and abroad, where Aramis L. Perez serves as a member of the Secretariat. Young Cubans in Action works closely with the Cuban Democratic Directorate.
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Miami se une a manifestaciones mundiales por Bielorrusia
Grupo juvenil de activistas por la libertad de Cuba organiza acción en Miami Beach
MIAMI – Un movimiento de manifestaciones internacionales por la libertad de Bielorrusia organizadas por jovenes llego a Miami gracias a un grupo dinámico de activistas juveniles. Los integrantes de Jóvenes Cubanos en Acción [http://twitter.com/jcaweb] se manifestaron en el corazón de Miami Beach el domingo, 21 de agosto de 2011 [video y fotos disponibles en http://jcaweb.blogspot.com] para mostrar su apoyo a favor de los manifestantes bajo acoso en Bielorrusia, país comúnmente considerado la última dictadura en Europa. La acción en Miami fue la primera en una cadena mundial de manifestaciones por la libertad de Bielorrusia que tomarán lugar hoy, 25 de agosto de 2011, organizadas por la Joven Unión Democrática Internacional (International Young Democrat Union – IYDU) [http://twitter.com/iydu] y el parlamentario sueco Christian Holm [http://twitter.com/christianholm].