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  Cuban march against animal cruelty, in what is considered to be the first independent demonstration allowed in the country Copyright
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Activists marched with their pets and brought a sign "Cuba against animal abuse" "

Hundreds of Cubans have held a march against animal cruelty in what is considered to be the first independent protest allowed in the country.

Activists went with their pets and chanted slogans when they peacefully demonstrated in the capital Havana. 1

9659007] They called for an animal protection law when they converged on a tomb of an American woman who was considered the founder of animal rights in Cuba.

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  • "This march marks before and after in the protection of animals in Cuba," said organizer Beatriz Batista. "I consider it a historic event."

    Others were more skeptical, with dissidentist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara, who told Reuters news agency, it could be a show from the government.

    "This allows the government to say" see how permissive we are "," he said. "But is it really?"

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    The march ended at the tomb of the American animal protection activist Jeannette Ryder in Havana's Colón cemetery

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    Some participants reportedly said it was ironic. The first allowed independent march was too expensive and not human rights.

    Activists spread words on March on social media.

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    Marches in Cuba has so far been strictly controlled by the government and was mostly confined to demonstrations that celebrated the 1959 revolution or religious processions.

    However, the authorities still refuse to allow protests against the state.


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