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Cuban Demonstrators Temporarily Close Washington Monument

September 10, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Washington Monument was closed for about half an hour Sunday when five Cuban nationals handcuffed themselves to part of the building as part of a demonstration.

Four men and a woman linked together by a chain handcuffed themselves to a railing at the 400-foot level of the Washington Monument, said U.S. Park Police officer John Nawrot.

They left voluntarily and agreed to be questioned when police reached the scene, he said.

The demonstrators, who identified themselves in a press release as members of 30th of November, were led away by police in a paddy wagon and were taken in for questioning, but will not be charged, Nawrot said.

The release claims that the group was protesting the ″massacre″ of hundreds of young Cubans by Fidel Castro 17 years ago and continued human rights violations in the communist country.

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