Have you seen this video? Four brave Cuban women demonstrating for freedom at Cuba's historic Capitol Building in Havana on August 23, 2011?
The advance of the Cuban Resistance, thanks in part to the courage of women like these, is the biggest story in 2011 Cuba. Thanks to the good people at the Heritage Foundation, I was able to share this news with a broader audience.
Go read my piece on the Capitol protest and what it means for the cause of freedom in Cuba, published August 30, 2011 at The Foundry.
Here's a taste:
These valiant ladies, Sara Martha Fonseca Quevedo, Tania Maldonado Santos, Odalys Caridad Sanabria Rodríguez and Mercedes García Alvarez, wore black, a symbol of mourning for their country and those fallen in pursuit of freedom. They paused about one-third of the way up and unfurled a white banner bearing words of hope and courage: “Freedom, justice, and democracy… DOWN WITH THE DICTATORSHIP.”
There, before crowds of Cubans and foreigners making their way through the broad space before the Capitol where tourists often pause for snapshots of bicycle taxis or old American cars, camcorders and mobile phone cameras captured the sight of four Cuban women publicly demonstrating for freedom.
For at least half an hour they made their stand, borne above the crowds by stones that once buttressed Cuban democracy.
“We all are the Resistance! The streets belong to the people! Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” they chanted, as onlookers watched.
Their actions brought to mind the words of former Czech President and anti-communist resistance fighter Vaclav Havel, who wrote that when a person breaks the rules of a Communist state and does not obey the regime’s demand in silent conformity, he chooses to “live in truth,” an essential step in opposing the crushing power of that system...
Real Cuban voices, belonging to persons who chose to live in truth on that sun-drenched morning, shouted at the regime’s man. “Bully, Abuser! Let them go!” Facing a crowd that had suddenly lost its fear, the regime thug balked, and conferred with three additional plainclothes agents, returning after a time with uniformed male officers who manhandled and dragged the women away amid jeers and whistles of contempt for the oppressors from those witnessing the scene.
Read the rest of "Cuba’s Pro-Freedom Resistance Movement Is Growing" at The Foundry.
I'll paste the full text below the fold for your convenience as well.