Who are the Red Bandanas?
Self-described social network activists, members of projects, collectives and civil society organizations, who on their own initiative seek to express their support for the Revolution and Marti’s position against any attempt to re-colonize the island
The Red Bandanas are “a communion of those of us who feel and think about the homeland. We are black and white, students and workers, free women and men. We are artists, campesinos and guajiras, from the countryside and the city, from fields and towns. We are of different genders and sexual orientations, believers and non-believers.”
They describe themselves as “social network activists, members of projects, collectives and civil society organizations, who on the basis our own self-organization and self-convocation seek to express ourselves.”
The idea, as stated in a note delivered to the press, emerged from the need to exert their influence as diverse social subjects in the complex socio-political environment of the country.
Several collectives and civil society leaders came together via Telegram to organize an anti-imperialist action, as Cuba enters a new normality, to demonstrate their opposition to the unconventional warfare methods being used to disrupt the peace in Cuba and the continuing blockade, along with their support of all emancipatory struggles.
Participants explained that the sit-in was not organized as a specific response to calls for anti-government marches on November 15, although some were motivated by the need to respond to the purported event, emphasizing their commitment to Marti’s position against any attempt to re-colonize the island.