Havana animal rights march points to stronger civil society in Cuba

8 April 2019
2019-04-08 14:04

Hundreds of Cubans marched peacefully through Havana on Sunday. Accompanied by their pets, the activists carried placards calling for an animal protection law as they walked more than a kilometer through the central district of Vedado albeit on a little-transited street.

The Communist government authorized an ordinary citizen to stage the march points to a slowly-growing tolerance for Cubans to express their views and even make claims of it in public, within limits, analysts and participants said. Some participants said it was ironic the first independent march authorized was in support of animal not human rights.

Many Cubans who participated in the march on Sunday were not activists but had seen it publicized on social media and in independent online media.

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