Hundreds of people attended a demonstration in Tropical Park on Wednesday evening, in solidarity with the ongoing anti-government protests in Cuba in Tropical Park, amid mass arrests and closed-door summary trials against protesters on the island. But some in South Florida have said they fear the cause may lose momentum.
The Miami protest, organized by the Assembly for Cuban Resistance, drew supporters of the movement that began with protests in Cuba on July 11 from across South Florida, from cities as far north as Port St. LUCIA. Waving Cuban flags and shouting “Down with dictatorship”, protesters called for immediate action from the international community to intervene, as widespread crackdown on protesters in Cuba appeared to continue.
“It makes sense that after such a brutal crackdown, people cannot continue to be on the streets and they will have to organize themselves in another way,” said Andres Espinosa, one of the demonstrators at the rally. Wednesday. “And we also have to find a way to support them, so that when they decide to go back to the streets, they can have some support.”
Among the speakers at Wednesday’s protest at the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center was Kiele Alessandra Cabrera, a 23-year-old American who made headlines last month when she ran on the field of a pre-Olympic baseball tournament at Plam Beach between Cuba and Venezuela. .
“Cuban Americans today have a responsibility, as young people born here in Miami, to learn the realities and truths from our parents. I know this because my mother and my grandmother have always fought all my life, ”Cabrera said from a scene. “When I was 5 years old, I went to Elian [Gonzalez] protests … We need to know the truth about what is happening in Cuba.
The protest lasted about an hour and a half before the crowds dispersed.
Meanwhile in Cuba, mothers on Wednesday organized a demonstration under the Madres del 11-7 movement, or Movement of mothers of July 11 to demand the release of their children detained or disappeared by the special forces of the island. Internet access continued to be limited as the Cuban government continued to downplay protests and portray anti-regime protesters as violent and unpatriotic.