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24 de noviembre de 1998, Cuba Free Press.

MACABRE SILENT DEMONSTRATION TAKES PLACE IN SANTIAGO By Margarita Yero, Cuba Free Press

SANTIAGO - A spontaneous and silent demonstration took place here under the hot sun of November 3 when family members and friends of a young girl who had killed herself set out on foot to carry her coffin to the local offices of the Communist Party of Cuba.

The mourners were hoping to find a hearse that might carry the body to the cemetery in The Maya, more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Santiago. They began the procession from the hospital, Saturnino Lora, where the youngster had died. Hospital authorities told them there was no vehicle available for transport at that time.

As the sad people marched through the streets, passersby, curious bystanders and the general public also joined the sober group into the heart of the city. The gathering grew to such an extent that the late Cuban movie star Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and perhaps the famous author Luis Buñuel would have envied it.

Shortly before the marchers reached the Communist Party headquarters, in the ancient area known as Guillermón Moncada, the crowd was intercepted by several members of the National Revolutionary Policed (PNR). They told the mourners that they did not have to go to such an extreme and that the situation could be quickly resolved without any more of such a depressing spectacle.

Almost at once, some officials from the People's Power council of Santiago appeared on the scene with a funeral hearse, and the incident ended with no further unusual circumstances.

Margarita Yero, Cuba Free Press.


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