Saturday, July 12, 2014

"13 de Marzo" tugboat coverage and what gets in the news

"State crimes are never an issue exclusive to the families of the victims." - Rosa Maria Payá Acevedo, protesting in front of the Cuban Interests Section on 7/10//14

Free Cuba Foundation holds 10 minute vigil on July 13, 2004
Today in the El Nuevo Herald an image appeared from ten years ago of a silent vigil held for 10 minutes at Florida International University in memory of the thirty seven "13 de Marzo" tugboat victims murdered on July 13, 1994. The vigil was organized by the Free Cuba Foundation, an independent student movement not affiliated with anyone. Ten years later it is hard to believe that people still have to gather holding a 20 minute silent vigil because 20 years later justice has still not been achieved for these 37 victims and their families. Its also a bit of a mystery that this old photo from ten years ago gets published but that two twenty minute silent vigils one at the UN Cuban Mission in New York City and a second at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC photos did not appear in the newspaper especially when someone of the stature of Rosa Maria Payá Acevedo was present in the demonstration but only rated a passing mention. Hopefully, this will be remedied in Sunday's coverage of yet another observance of this crime against innocent Cubans and the numerous activities being held.

Rosa Maria Payá with activists on July 10 in Washington DC

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