Artists call for rally in Havana to seek input on the island’s future


“Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement” and led by Tania Bruguera, a group of Cuban artists have called for a public gathering on Tuesday at Havana’s revolutionary square where they hope to set up a microphone to allow participants one minute to express their views or state their claims as it relates to the future of the island. The activity will be held on December 30, at 3:00pm at Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, Cuba.  

Dubbed #YoTambienExijo (IAlsoDemand), the movement is making its rounds on social media with a growing following on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among others.

Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, the face behind the movement, said the event scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Plaza de la Revolución is not a political act but rather an artistic demonstration that allows her to exercise her right to “be a political being” and to “know what the idea is behind the nation we are building.”

The purpose of the event is for people to say “what nation it is that they want,” said Bruguera, who is well known within artists circles both in Cuba and abroad. “The idea is for people to speak for one minute and say what they think. [. . .]

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