Miami reveals solidarity with Cuban protesters by highway and sea

MIAMI – Carlos Valderrama joined a group of protesters in Little Havana, Miami on Monday to oppose the Cuban government’s aggressive repression of unarmed protesters.

Valderrama said his mother lived in Cuba. She could call him on Sunday when the situation on the streets worsened and on Monday.

“I told her to be careful. These guys shoot … these guys attack people, ”Valderrama said of Cubans’ reports of shootings, beatings and arbitrary arrests by the police.

Miami police officers were on Eighth Street when Valderrama and other protesters met outside Cuban restaurants Versailles and La Carreta between Southwest 36th Court and Southwest 35th Avenue on Monday. The demonstrations lasted until Tuesday, around 1 a.m.

SW 8th Street is closed for 30 minutes between SW 37th Avenue and 32 Avenue due to street sweeping and tidying up. The area is free from protesters and car traffic. Thanks to the community for their collaboration and our @MiamiPD & @CityofMiamiFire for their hard work.

– Chef Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) July 13, 2021

“Our community understands firsthand how evil the Castro regime is, that’s why we stand by the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom,” wrote US MP Maria Elvira Salazar on Twitter.

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There were thousands there on Sunday and hundreds by late Monday.

Among the protesters was Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Cuban American. He said Cubans in Miami begged President Joe Biden to intervene.

“The Cuban regime’s military police are shooting at unarmed Cuban protesters who are fighting for freedom,” wrote Suarez.

Motorists stood up in solidarity to honk their horns. Groups climbed up the back of pickup trucks to take part in the demonstration. There were US and Cuban flags.

“COVID-19 is currently out of your hands. You have no medicine. They don’t have hospitals. they have no beds, ”said Johan Lazo about the complaints from relatives.

At the Pelican Harbor Marina near North Bay Village in Miami, Henry Diaz was gathering supplies for a demonstration with boaters in the Strait of Florida.

Many protesters said they felt powerless watching videos and social media reports from Cuba. They want Cubans who have trouble knowing they are not alone.

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“If we get enough boats and a permit, we could go to Cuba and help them. Take medication, take supplies … But it will be difficult without the help of the US government, ”said Darian Suarez, a Cuban American from Miami-Dade County. “

Other Cuba Americans had to explain to Suarez that while Cuba is so close to South Florida, it is not that easy. Both Suarez and Diaz have relatives in Cuba who report that the crisis is worsening.

US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Eric C. Jones issued a statement stating that local and federal authorities monitor all “unauthorized shipping from Florida to Cuba.”

Diaz said they didn’t have to worry about it as for him and his group.

“We will not cross any body of water, but we will be there to support,” said Diaz.

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Report from Sunday evening

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Reporting on July 11th

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