Salazar, Gimenez, Diaz-Balart support SOS Cuba rally in Washington
WASHINGTON – Thousands of Cuban-American protesters participated in a rally and a march to ask President Joe Biden to do more to help Cuba’s opposition to get rid of communism on the island on Monday in Washington, D.C.
Representatives Maria Elvira Salazar, Carlos A. Gimenez, and Mario Diaz-Balart and Sen. Rick Scott are among the lawmakers who joined the demonstration.
They met at 12:30 p.m. at Lafayette Square, and marched in front of the White House, and the Embassy of Cuba.
A few of the demonstrators who said they couldn’t travel with the caravans to Washington met in front of Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood while Rudy Giuliani was visiting. There was another small group of protesters at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, as well as protesters and public officials at an event in Pembroke Pines.
“Obviously I am disturbed,” said Broward County Mayor Steve Geller. “They are rallying for the ability to speak without fear of being beaten or tortured, and this is what is happening. They are rallying for simple things like food and adequate medical care, which they are not getting anymore.”
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Last week, President Joe Biden and his administration committed to finding a way to provide uncensored internet access to Cubans and to issue U.S. sanctions against individual violators of human rights in Cuba starting by Corps General Álvaro López Miera, who lead the crackdown on the July 11 uprising.
Meanwhile in Cuba, Henry Constantin, the director of La Hora de Cuba, an independently-owned magazine, said officers arrested on July 11 in the city of Camagüey. He described the experience as, “tough, annoying,” and “terrible.”
Cuban American activists in South Florida said they had set up “Cuban Missing,” an organic database of alleged protesters.
Diplomats from the U.S. and 20 other nations, including Colombia and Brazil, condemned Cuban authorities’ arrest and prosecution of protesters. Cuban American activists in South said they had set up “Cuban MIssing,” an organic database of alleged protesters.
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