MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Chanting “we are not afraid,” thousands of Cubans took to the streets Sunday to request the extremity of the communist dictatorship.
The COVID situation has lone exacerbated the unrest connected the land nation, which is wherefore protesters besides called for nutrient and vaccines.
Local leaders took to societal media successful enactment of the demonstrations.
“We basal agreed with the Cuban radical connected the land and crossed our assemblage astatine this historical infinitesimal successful the conflict for freedom, dignity, and basal quality rights,” wrote Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava connected Twitter. “May their courageous actions bring astir existent alteration and determination america person to the imagination of a escaped Cuba.”
We basal agreed with the Cuban radical connected the land and crossed our assemblage astatine this historical infinitesimal successful the conflict for freedom, dignity, and basal quality rights – whitethorn their courageous actions bring astir existent alteration and determination america person to the imagination of a escaped Cuba. #SOSCuba https://t.co/1YzrPd8UDF
— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) July 11, 2021
“We’ve ne'er seen thing similar this before,” Rep. María Elvira Salazar wrote connected Twitter. “The Cuban radical are determined to beryllium free.”
Tens of thousands of radical successful #Cuba are protesting astatine this precise moment.
The authorities is shutting disconnected the net connected the island. The Castro dictatorship doesn’t privation the satellite to spot what’s happening.
— María Elvira Salazar 🇺🇸 (@MaElviraSalazar) July 11, 2021
Her chap Republican, Marco Rubio, besides took to Twitter, penning “Frustration with the dictatorships incompetence, greed and repression is mounting rapidly.”
Frustration with the dictatorships incompetence,greed & repression is mounting rapidly pic.twitter.com/eSAr8Xrxpf
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
Rubio past shared video connected Twitter of “Communist repression squads” getting into a truck, presumably heading toward the demonstrations to interruption them up.
Here travel the Communist repression squads successful #Cuba
Still mostly being ignored truthful acold by US firm media outlets. pic.twitter.com/ldprYCmk46
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
In a statement, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart called for U.S. to emergence up successful enactment of the land nation.
“Now much than ever, the United States and the planetary assemblage indispensable enactment the Cuban radical successful their conflict for freedom. The humanitarian situation Cuba faces close present is yet different grounds of the incompetence and implicit cruelty of the Cuban tyranny,” helium said. “We cognize what state means for the Cuban people, and now, portion the authorities uses savage unit against the radical peacefully demonstrating successful the streets, the satellite has the work to basal with the brave Cuban people.”
As a effect of the unrest, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and members of the metropolis committee gathered Sunday evening for a property league to sermon the latest developments retired of Cuba.
The 5 p.m. presser was unrecorded streamed connected each of the city’s societal media channels.
At the aforesaid clip the Miami City Commission held its presser, the Democracy Movement gathered for a objection extracurricular of Versailles.
“The Movement besides invites the exile assemblage to beryllium contiguous and amusement their enactment to the Cuban radical that astatine this clip are demanding their civilian rights and are expressing their discontent with the oppressive Castro Diaz Canel regime,” the radical said successful a statement.
It was an affectional time for Andrew Suarez, who fled the communist state conscionable years ago.
“It is magical. I americium really much affectional by the information that I americium seeing this hap successful Cuba. That is thing precise difficult. We tin bash this we unrecorded successful freedom. We unrecorded successful a strategy that allows america to explicit ourselves,” helium said astatine the Versailles gathering.
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Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the section unopen down SW 8 Street for east- and westbound postulation betwixt SW 32nd Avenue and SW 37 Avenue arsenic a effect of the demonstration.
The country betwixt S.W. 32-37 Avenue connected 8th Street is being secured by @MiamiPD successful enactment of a objection and to guarantee the information of each participants. Please debar the country and decidedly arsenic we proceed monitoring. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/jUt4wjQ8KE
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 11, 2021
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