NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A whole lot of individuals took to the streets in numerous components of Florida on Tuesday to point out solidarity with the 1000’s of Cubans who waged a uncommon protest on the island final weekend.
Dozens extra did so in our space, waving Cuban flags, strolling the streets, and chanting their assist, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported.
Demonstrators are standing with the plenty of Cuban protesters who’re offended over the worsening financial disaster on the island.
“No military is stronger than an concept whose time has come. The concept now could be freedom,” a speaker stated.
Barbara Cambon joined the rally for her son and her grandson, who’re each nonetheless on the island.
“My folks die. No meals, no drugs, nothing. That’s why I’m right here immediately. I assist my folks, my Cuba, my folks,” Cambon stated.
Tuesday’s demonstrations within the Backyard State, in addition to via Manhattan, got here after a number of the greatest anti-government protests Cuba has seen in years. Hundreds of Cubans marched final weekend in opposition to the communist authorities, angered by meals shortages, rising costs and the federal government’s response to rising COVID-19 infections.
“What you’re seeing on the island is one thing unprecedented, one thing that has by no means occurred in 60-plus years of tyranny that has oppressed the Cuban folks,” Florida Lt. Gov. Jeannette Nunez stated.
In Florida, which has the most important inhabitants of Cuban-Individuals within the nation, 1000’s of individuals have been marching via Miami this week. Tuesday night time’s crowds blocked visitors on Palmetto Expressway close to Little Havana.
And it was an identical scene on I-275 in Tampa, the place the gang may very well be heard chanting “If Cuba is within the streets, Tampa is simply too!”
“I can’t be with my household. No person right here may be with their household who’re dying from easy starvation,” one protester stated.
Florida resident Adrian Arteaga has been re-reading textual content messages from his grandmother in Cuba. She despatched them a month in the past and he has not been capable of contact her since.
“It’s actually troublesome as a result of we’re to this point, nevertheless it’s our homeland. It’s the place we’re from,” Arteaga stated via a translator.
Whereas many Cuban-Individuals are hopeful the folks of Cuba see the outpouring of assist right here within the states, Cuban authorities seem to have blocked entry to social media websites.