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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2007
Havana, Rome, Brussels, March 18, 2007
At 12.00 local time a delegation of activists and leaders of the Nonviolent Radical Party performed a non-authorized demonstration in Havana, Cuba, on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the arrest of 75 Cuban politicians, intellectuals and journalists. They were arrested on March 18, 2003 as they were claiming their right of freedom of speech. After a farce trial they were sentenced to 6 to 25 years of imprisonment. Currently, 65 out of 75 are still detained in Cuban prisons.
The nonviolent action aimed at supporting the annual march organized by the Damas De Blanco (Ladies in White) notably the wives, girlfriends and daughters of those prisoners. On the 18th of March of every year they march wearing a white dress from the Church of Santa Rita da Cascia in Havana through the 5th Avenue to ask for the release of their loved ones. The radical activists demanded that all political prisoners, including the radical member Fancisco Chaviano - jailed in 1994 - be given amnesty and released. They also asked for the non-discrimination of homosexuals.