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Symbolic prison cell in Prague

2007-03-08 / Jiř Knitl

People in Need commemorated the fourth anniversary of a brutal crackdown on democratic opposition in Cuba, during which Castro’s regime imprisoned 75 political activists in March 2003. (pictures here)

On Thursday, March 15, 2007, People in Need organized a demonstration outside the Cuban embassy on Sibiřském náměstí (Siberian Square) in Prague 6. The demonstration called for the release of Cuban political prisoners and expressed support for the Cuban democratic opposition.

As in past years, PIN built a symbolic Cuban prison cell on Wenceslas square in the centre of the Czech capital, On Friday, March 16, 2007, distinguished Czech personalities, symbolically dressed in prisoner’s clothes, ‘served time‘ for each of the Cuban political prisoners. During the day women representatives of Charter 77, a former Czech dissident movement, were symbolically imprisoned as a gesture of their support of Cuban political prisoners’ wives (Damas de Blanco). In the late afternoon theatre performances took place near the prison cell. The happening ended by a joint parade dedicated to the Damas de Blanco, which finished in St. Havel’s Church, where holy mass was celebrated for political prisoners in Cuba.

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