Feb.18-20, 2005, 11AM-7PM
11201 S.W. 24th St.
Please see below news of an important event to take place this coming week-end in Miami.
Our project (T.R.A.C. - Truth Recovery Archive on Cuba) continues to work to research the cost in lives of the Cuban Revolution, providing the Memorial organizers our lists of victims. These are derived mostly from the work of Dr. Armando Lago and complemented by other reports obtained from different sources. We plan to be there gathering direct testimonies from witnesses and relatives of victims.
Each documented case of death or disappearance for political causes has a white cross with the name and date of death. Currently, we have documented close to 10,000 cases of executions, assassinations, suicides, and disappearances for political reasons, including 28 U.S. citizens and 23 citizens of other countries. Most cases of dead or missing rafters ("balseros") are yet to be recorded, but an econometric estimate of balsero deaths brings the total number of deaths caused by the Castro regime to over 100,000. And we have yet to begin counting victims from other countries in Cuba's internationalist wars
and Castro-sponsored subversive movements.
We should note that in the first three years of Fidel Castro's government it executed by firing squad more people that the military government of Augusto Pinochet killed and disappeared in its entire tenure (16 years) -officially 3,197. Yet, this comparison is made only with documented cases. We continue to document more cases and see the lists grow.
Each victim represents a face, a story, a truncated future, a family left behind, an entire nation terrorized and oppressed. It is a very moving experience to talk to people visiting crosses and witness their devastating loss in the simple act of rendering tribute in front of a white cross in their name. Most of these families have never had that opportunity.
Please come by to record this historic event.
Maria C. Werlau
President, Free Society Project, Inc.
Of. Tel. 973.701-0520
What: Press Conference
When: February 18, 2005 11:00 a.m.
Where: Tamiami Park (11201 S.W. 24th St. , Miami , FL)
**On the Youth Fair Parking Grounds**
Contact: Emilio Subil (305) 979-6411
Emilio Solernou (786) 346-5141
A press conference will launch the Third Annual Cuban Memorial, to be held Friday,
February 18th through Sunday, February 20, 2005 in Miami.
The third annual Memorial will once again reinforce its commitment to denounce the
horrible crimes committed by Fidel Castro’s regime.
Family members of the victims will be available for interviews.
The Cuban Memorial Organizing Committee
6600 S.W. 24th Street, Miami FL 33155