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Our illustrious leader, the Presidente,
has become a land of progress...
must be preserved boldly.
There are factions in Cuba
which are dangerous to our people.
They must not be allowed to flourish.
Strong measures are needed,
and we are strong.
I move, therefore, that the Senate of Cuba...
The bill that makes the assembling
of more than four people...
in any open public place...
not only illegal, but an act of treason
against the government.
Only by the enactment
can Cuba achieve its destiny.
Second the motion!
The motion has been put
that the Senate vote on the bill...
making all public gatherings
of more than four citizens of Cuba...
has been passed unanimously.
What is all about it? What's it say here?
I am reading now:
"Long live freedom in Cuba.
"Cubans, our rights have been stolen.
We live in fear.
"The tyrants are strong,
but the cry of liberty is stronger.
"Cubans, raise your..."
You're under arrest. Come on.
- I have done nothing.
- Let him alone!
It's no good. Go on. Save yourselves.
What is it, Manolo? What has happened?
You were out with them again.
Why, Manolo, why tonight?
- Can't it wait?
- No. It can't wait.
It can never wait, China.
That is something I learned.
- I didn't forget the examination's tomorrow.
I didn't forget the way you, Mama,
Still I could not do otherwise.
I couldn't go to them and tell them:
"No, I'm sorry. Cuba will have to wait
until I have finished my education."
But it was only a matter of one day.
or one week or one year.
There are always excuses.
I've heard them all from others:
"Yes, I would join you, but I'm married.
"I believe in what you're doing,
but I have a family."
That's why there are so few of us.
What happened, Manolo?
What happened tonight?
There were three of us.
We were distributing leaflets.
- The one who was driving got shot.
- They killed him?
I hope he's dead now.
Don't look at me as if I'd gone crazy.
He's in the hands of the Porra.
I hope he died quickly,
for his sake and for mine.
If he's alive they will make him tell
who was with him.
You must get away, Manolo. You must hide.
- The examinations are tomorrow.
- What does that matter?
- Your life is at stake.
Then I will be running away from shadows.
We must keep our heads, China.
If my friend is alive, he won't talk at once.
We have a rule in the organization
that a man who is caught must hold out...
for at least six hours,
After that, he is free to die easy.
Then if they come after you...
00 in the morning.
Now listen, China. I know a place I can go.
If the Porra are not here by 8:00,
at the latest...
you will know that everything is all right.
In that case...
walk up the east side of the street opposite
I'll be waiting. If you don't come,
I'll know they're after me.
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