The activist Saily González Velázquez decided to close her restaurant in the city of Santa Clara before the harassment of the authorities on the island to “those who dream and act for democracy and freedom.”
González Velázquez, who since 2016 has managed a restaurant that sells tacos and breakfasts, considered this Thursday on the Facebook profile of his restaurant, known as “Amarillo B&B ‘, that“ there are no rights in Cuba for those who want a change, for those who dream and act for democracy and freedom. The harassment of those who do it and those around these people is a common practice on the part of the political police that, out of responsibility, we want to avoid our workers ”.
Likewise, he stated that “Amarillo was born, grew up and today ‘rests’ under the dictates of a system that is not capable of allowing companies not to constantly incur illegalities for their operation (it is convenient for them to do so in order to penalize those entrepreneurs who challenge him). We will not allow an unjust legal system to stain our will to do ”.
He also wanted to make it clear that his restaurant “does not close because Saily suddenly decided to do activism for democracy and respect for rights in Cuba, but because in DICTATORSHIP being an activist for these reasons is a crime.”
However, the activist promised that “we will see each other again, in a Cuba with rights.”
In the same publication, the activist shares the video of the meeting she had with the restaurant workers in which she reiterates that “everything that is done in this country is totally illegal. Everything we get is totally illegal, because in this country there is no way to do it legally, and I really can’t keep opening up because I’m going to find a problem for me and you. This is the best decision that I can make ”.
In the conversation, he still assures the workers that “he is going to write to the places that I know to recommend them so that they can have a job as soon as possible. This hurts me, because I’ve been with you for years, but it’s for the best because I don’t want you to be involved in what I’m doing. For me it is a responsibility ”.
“Do not think that this is my fault, because I decided to get involved in politics. If anyone is to blame for what is happening today, it is the Cuban government. I can get into politics, I have the right to do what I want and therefore not run any danger. If there is danger for us now, it is not my fault, it is the Cuban government, ”the activist reiterated.
In another part of the video, he insisted again that “nobody pays me to do what I do, but the person who works with me at this time is prone to being questioned for three or four hours, and that is not what I do. I can allow ”.
González Velázquez had just denounced a campaign to discredit the Cuban government against her for being one of the organizers of the “Civic March for Change,” scheduled for November 15.
“Nobody pays me, neither me nor anyone who is calling this demonstration from here, from within Cuba. We do not need anyone to pay us to realize how inhumane socialism has become. Cuba, “he said on that occasion.
The activist, who is coordinator of the Archipiélago citizen platform, also reiterated, after the response of the authorities in Santa Clara to carry out the march, that the march continues, despite the official refusal to recognize the right of demonstration consigned in the Cuban Constitution.
“We maintain the intention of the march because, as we have already said, the intention of the letter that we sent or took to the municipal assemblies was not really to ask for permission”, said to CiberCuba and it specified that the objective of sending the notification to the authorities was only informative.