Demonstrations began across Florida during the second day to show solidarity with anti-government protesters in Cuba and call for an end to the communist regime in the country.
From Jacksonville to Tam and Miami, hundreds of church members took to the streets on Monday to rally for Cuban freedom.
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“What this means for me is that this oppression can be stopped,” said Miami protester Peter Merlo. WSVN-TV. “We don’t have to stand with Cuba. We have to work for Cuba.”
Cubans gathered in several towns and villages over the weekend to protest the country’s high prices, food shortages and the fight against the coronavirus.
Cuban police took to the streets of the country when President Miguel Diaz-Canel accused Cuban Americans of using social media to intensify protests. The Cuban government shut down the internet service on Sunday afternoon.
Demonstrator Eduardo Ramos told a local news station in Jacksonville, Fla. WJXT-TV Under the Diaz-Canel regime, the Cuban people have “no voice.”
“We don’t have access to hospitals, food, medicine and other things,” Ramos said. “And people are dying on the street right now.”
Demonstrators in Tam echoed Ramos ’views.
“We expect so many people to die,” Daniela Tamayo said WFTS-TV. “The longer America waits to intervene, the more people will die.”
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez joined the protesters, demanding U.S. intervention in Cuba.
“Cuban regime’s military police are shooting unarmed Cuban protesters fighting for freedom,” Suarez said. tweeted Sunday. “60 years of communism, cruelty and oppression can no longer continue! We are protesting peacefully in the streets of Miami and asking the United States to take action.”
In a statement on Monday, US President Joe Biden said Cuban protesters were defending their fundamental rights.
“We stand with the Cuban people and, with their clarifications, call on the people to be free and free from the tragic embrace and decades of repression and economic suffering that the authoritarian regime of Cuba has faced,” Biden said.
The United States calls on the Cuban government to serve its people instead of enriching themselves, ”Biden added.