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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Three generations of the Free Cuba Foundation gathered today at Jose Marti Park for Freedom Protest

Robert Linares (FCF 2000) protesting Obama actions on Cuba
 Free Cuba Foundation is a student movement that was founded in August of 1993 and has been around for twenty years with five generations of activists passing through every four years or so. Today at a rally in Miami at Jose Marti Park activists from 1993, 1997 and 2013 gathered together to protest the decision of the Obama Administration to free three spies, including Gerardo Hernandez, found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the untimely deaths of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Jr., Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales. Every year since that crime was committed we have gathered on February 24 at 3:21pm to 3:27pm the time the two planes were shot down over international airspace in a silent demand for justice. Sadly, this year will also had to add the names of Venezuelan students murdered by Maduro's agents under the tutelage of Castro's state security agents.

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Brian Alonso (FCF 2013) was interviewed by  Local and spoke out against the new policy. Also in attendance was founding member and president of the organization Augusto Monge (FCF 1993) and Robert Linares (FCF 1997) who was photographed on the cover of a BBC report announcing today's protest. Below are excerpts taken from the protest of the different persons who addressed the crowd.

This movement has always been focused on the defense of human rights and advocating and setting the example taking nonviolent action in the face of injustice.

We have also continued to demand justice for the victims of the July 13, 1994 "13 de Marzo"tugboat massacre in which 37 men, women and children were killed, by holding a silent vigil every year on that day. Today we were horrified to learn that yesterday news arrived that the Castro regime's coast guard may have sunk a boat carrying 32 Cubans. We are trying to ascertain additional information at this hour. 

Robert Linares (on the left) holding torch in 1997

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