HAVANA TIMES – A new symbol of struggle was born in the immediacy of social networks. These are water bottles, which for the self-organized movement represents solidarity and resistance. It emerged as a result of the imprisonment of 16 activists on the night of November 14, after they attempted to bring water to people who the day before started a hunger strike inside the San Miguel church in Masaya.
The group of mothers of political prisoners, accompanied by Fr. Edwin Roman, were surrounded by the National Police for 9 days with basic services interrupted. During those days new demonstrations have appeared in Nicaragua.
[Editor’s Note: the women, the priest, and other persons accompanying them, were finally evacuated out of the church by the Red Cross on Friday, November 22nd.]
The 16 solidarity activists who tried to provide water were presented 72 hours later by the Police. The Prosecutor’s Office accuses them of arms trafficking. Indignation in social networks exploded through dozens of illustrations and artworks—some created in anonymity—that have given another meaning to solidarity.
In Niu we share some of the ones we find on the internet.
Fruit & Vegetable Vendor, Havana, Cuba. By Betsy Powers (USA). Camera: Canon Eos 6D
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