MIAMI (WSVN) – It’s been one year since people in South Florida and in Cuba demanded better living conditions on the island in what were the most widespread protests since the revolution.
To commemorate that movement, several events are planned throughout South Florida, Monday.
One event that was organized was in Little Havana at the Bay of Pigs Museum where state leaders spoke on the protests that took place last year.
“Hundreds of thousands of Cubans were marching on the streets and they weren’t asking for medicines, and they weren’t asking for vaccines, they weren’t asking for food, they were asking for liberty,” said Rep. Carlos Gimenz.
Several lawmakers commemorated an unprecedented uprising in Cuba one year ago when thousands of Cubans spontaneously took to the streets to protest the communist government amid a worsening economic situation, lack of food, medicine, all on top Covid-19.
The people were calling for Cuba’s president, Miguel Diaz Canel, to step down.
Many of those that participated in the protests were jailed.
“More than 550 peaceful protesters have been sentenced to collectively 4,000 years in prison,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.
The movement in Cuba also sparked protests in Miami.
Through the scorching heat and rain, hundreds took to the streets, and they even shutdown the busy Palmetto Expressway to demonstrate for Cuba.
“These people are asking for liberty, these people are willing to go to Cuba and die,” said a protester.
These protests spread across the country, including Washington D.C, where people gathered in front of the White House and marched.
The protesters asked the Biden Administration to intervene in Cuba.
“I came all the way from Nebraska to tell the whole world we need help, we need Biden to do something for us,” said a protester.
On Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the following,
“We’re deeply disappointed that in the year that has passed, this administration has done absolutely nothing on the issue of Cuba,” he said. “The person in charge of Cuba policy at the State Department was coordinating congressional trips to Cuba just a few years ago, and was a key architect behind the Obama failed policy toward Cuba.”
More events are scheduled in South Florida, which includes a march to the Bay of Pigs monument at 6 p.m.
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