The inaugural clash of the pre-Olympic baseball contest between Cuba and Venezuela will be remembered in the history of these events, not only for how disputed it was within the field, but also for the unprecedented number of Cubans who witnessed the clash to protest and make their position visible in against the Cuban regime.

Several of the attendees showed posters with slogans that read “Freedom!”, “Homeland and Life!”, Which they tried to place in strategic places so that they would be captured by the broadcast cameras and therefore visible to all Cubans on the island who enjoyed the game.

Likewise, other attendees wore T-shirts with texts and even photographs of the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who was released from captivity at the Calixto García hospital while the crash was going on.

Faced with these actions, the Cuban Baseball Federation showed its irritation and sent a letter to the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC, for its acronym in English) to demand that it take action against this type of “provocation.”

The statement began by stating that the FCB “considers it unacceptable that characters contrary to the spirit of a sporting event threaten the concentration of the team that represents us in the pre-Olympic tournament based in Florida, United States.”

The baseball bosses on the island showed their greatest dissatisfaction with the person who broke into the field during the fourth inning and criticized the attitude of the authorities “which did not respond with the necessary agility”, which they described as “a clear example of what should not happen if the local authorities act as established by the security protocols that the protagonists of this event deserve”.

The person who took to the field was the young Kiele Alessandra Cabrera, a Cuban-American descendant of a family of exiles and activists who paralyzed the game for at least 2 minutes.

“I thought a few days ago that something like this happened in the 99 Orioles game against Cuba, and I feel that that was the only way to get the attention we need to talk about all the things that are happening in Cuba, all the injustices that they are committed, ”the girl explained to the journalist Javier Díaz of the Univision 23 channel.

The FCB described as “inadmissible the carrying of posters and verbal offenses, particularly orchestrated in the areas of boxes behind home plate and on the bench occupied by our team.”

He also threatened the WSBC that it was warned in a timely manner about the protest actions that were going to take place and with which they are not willing to deal with.

“Not stopping this situation would result in contributing to the generation of a destabilizing climate for athletes, coaches and other members of our delegation, which reiterates its commitment to the mission of giving themselves thoroughly in each presentation and contributing to the show from the respect of ethics and to fair play ”, they stated.

Finally, they asked the government of the United States, as host country, and the Organizing Committee to ensure the safety of all those attending this event.

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