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Castro Dictatorship Prevents Screening of Award Winning Documentary “Nobody”

By: Karina Martín - Apr 17, 2017, 3:12 pm
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“Censorship is triggered when specific names are mentioned” (Twitter).

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Last Saturday, April 15th, repressive forces of the Castro regime prevented the exhibition of the documentary “Nadie” (Nobody) that includes images of the funeral homage to Fidel Castro.

The documentary analyzes the work and life of the writer Rafael Alcides “and of course, censorship is triggered when specific names are mentioned,” said the director, filmmaker Miguel Coyula.

Lia Villares, an artist and blogger, was the one who filed the complaint about the police activity.

“They blockaded a house where Lia Villares was with her 75-year-old mother who can barely walk, to prevent anyone from reaching a cultural event outside government censorship institutions,” states a post on Villares’ Facebook profile.

“We are a political space because we are interested in and are committed to the future of our nation, and promote a culture that is still censored in spite of international awareness. This is where we live, where we try to work, and we have a moral responsibility to consider the present and future of our nation,” continues the post.

 

Under the pretense of conducting an operation in the area, Villares noted that the police went to the scene and prevented guests from arriving to the documentary’s screening.

The artist commented that there were so many policemen that “despite living in a central area where it is difficult to stop traffic…they were able to do so.”

On his part, Coyula described: “A group of men in uniform and others dressed in civilian clothes came to us, one of them took out a paper with a list and compared our names with the ones he had written down.”

The Cuban regime under the Castro brothers has long been accused of gross violations of freedom of speech, and routinely uses police and state security to harass political opponents.

Sources: Cubanet; 14 y medio; Martí Noticias

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Venezuelans Celebrated Easter by Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 17, 2017, 2:44 pm
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EspañolThis year, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro was burnt instead of Judas. All over Venezuela, rag dolls with the faces of the country's dictatorship were set ablaze while law enforcement worked to prevent the tradition from taking place. As a symbol of "mob justice," each Easter Sunday, Venezuelans participate in the religious tradition of "burning Judas," but this year it was an opportunity for the Venezuelan opposition to protest Maduro and his allies. Venezuelans burnt dolls of Supreme Court judges, Venezuelan politician Tarek William Saab, Director of the CNE Tibisay Lucena and several governors and mayors who sympathize with Chavez's legacy. ASeveral political parties opposing Maduro invited people to gather with their effigies so as to hold a joint burning in important areas across various cities. In the state of Vargas, Governor Jorge García Carneiro, who sympathizes with the Maduro regime, ordered state police to collect all Judas dolls dressed like him and Maduro, as well as to prevent any other traditional burnings. In the state of Miranda, similar events took place, as security personnel was deployed to prevent the tradition from taking place. https://twitter.com/hcapriles/status/853716386945880064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Factualidadvenezuela.org%2F2017%2F04%2F16%2Fmaduro-ordena-a-gnb-quitar-figuras-de-la-quema-de-judas-con-su-cara-asegura-capriles%2F googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Following the Supreme Court's coup d'état of the National Assembly — usurping all of its legislative functions — the Venezuelan opposition has called for more demonstrations in the coming weeks. See the most creative Judas https://twitter.com/NoticiasVenezue/status/853770501042393088 Capriles confirmed that Maduro ordered police to remove Judas dolls with his face. https://twitter.com/DiarioTalCual/status/853716636808904705 WE HAVE A WINNER. Dolls with Maduro's face lead the burning of Judas. https://twitter.com/LIZ_EJM/status/853594485938417664 Tweet: INVITATION to Burn Judas today at 3pm. Source: El Nuevo Herald; El Nacional

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