Rescued at sea by a Mexican
ship, Cuban rafters “balseros” rest peacefully.
The funeral took place this afternoon in Mexico City.
MIAMI, FL., March 19th 2005 (
www.netforcuba.org ) the Cuban Mexican Civic Association
presided over by lawyer Eduardo Matías Lopez, the Web Site
www.cubanosmex.com , headed by
their director engineer Tony Corzo and the Cuban Movement for a Unified
Democracy represented by its president Eng. César L. Alarcón, were 3 of
the organizations that met at the funeral of the 5 Cuban rafters laid
out for viewing at the " Pompas fúnebres" in Mexico city, only 2 of
which were present.
These bodies belonged to the rafters Lourdes Plasencia Fuentes, 41 years
old and Eddier Tamayo of 30 years. Missing were Juan Manuel Alcala Pavón,
Novadhit Garci'a Betancourt and Carlos Lopez Ávila, represented at the
wake by photographs, because their bodies were never recovered from the
wild waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The industrialist Camilo Plasencia, brother of Lourdes Plasencia,
traveled to Mexico from Miami accompanied by other relatives and
friends. Mr. Plasencia, not only saw to the expenses of the funeral for
his sister, but also did it generously with the compatriot Eddier Tamayo.
When the Mexican authorities informed the Cuban government of the
existence of these corpses, they did not respond; it was then that the
Cuban Mexican Civic Association, the Cuban Movement for a Unified
Democracy and the Web Site
www.cubanosmex.com, asked the Mexican authorities for the
bodies so that they could be viewed and buried with dignity.
The national and international press covered the funeral ceremony. Both
corpses of the Cuban rafters, received all the proper honors and their
coffins were draped with our Cuban flag. The funeral was carried out at
2pm in the Civil Pantheon San Lorenzo Tezonco, of the Tlahuac
Delegation, in the Federal District.
The duo were sent on their way with a call of Touch of Silence,
performed by the Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, which was
followed by a few words from engineer Alarcón with a clear and forceful
request to the international community regarding the treatment that Cuba
gives to those that decide to leave the island and die on the outside:
"You want proof in Geneva of what Castro and the members of his
government are? Here you have it, watch these Cuban brothers wrapped in
our national insignia, as they are buried in foreign land "
Members of the Cuban community in Mexico, present at the wake, provided
condemnatory declarations towards the Cuban regime: "which proved that
not only does not take responsibility for the Cubans that drift around
the world today, but also for its dead."
Without doubt, the moment that most strongly moved all the Cubans and
Mexicans present was when the Grammy honored Arturo Sandoval, skillfully
interpreted passages of the Cuban National anthem.
This information was provided to Net for Cuba International from Mexico
City by the Engineer Cesar Alarcón, President of the Cuban Movement for
a Unified Democracy.
Translated by: Eng. Andres Perez