- Title: Hundreds rally in Miami's 'Little Havana' in solidarity with Cuban protesters
- Date: 12th July 2021
- Summary: VARIOUS OF THE HUGE CROWD (2 SHOTS)
- Embargoed: 26th July 2021 13:29
- Keywords: Cuba protest Cuban-Americans Miami protest
- Location: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,United States,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA002ELJBJUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hundreds of people rallied in Miami on Sunday (July 11) in solidarity with protesters in Cuba who have launched the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.
The Miami protesters packed an intersection in the city's Little Havana neighborhood, the local NBC news station said. Many waved Cuban and American flags and held signs that read 'free Cuba', Reuters video showed.
The protests in Cuba erupted amid the nation's worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union, its former ally, and a record surge in coronavirus infections, with people voicing anger over shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties and the authorities' handling of the pandemic.
Thousands gathered in downtown Havana and along parts of the seaside drive on Sunday, their shouts of "Diaz-Canel step down", referring to President Miguel Diaz-Canel, drowning out groups of government supporters brandishing the Cuban flag and chanting "Fidel."
The Caribbean island nation of 11 million inhabitants where public dissident is usually restricted has seen a growing number of protests over the past year although nothing on this scale or simultaneously in so many cities.
(Production: Maria Alejandra Cardona, Mana Rabiee)
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