- Title: Hundreds rally in Miami's 'Little Havana' in solidarity with Cuban protesters
- Date: 12th July 2021
- Summary: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (JULY 11, 2021) (REUTERS) WIDE SHOT OF PEOPLE WAVING CUBAN FLAGS ON TOP OF VAN AMID HUGE CROWD TIGHTER SHOT OF OF THE MEN WITH CUBAN FLAGS ON TOP OF CAR AS CROWD CHEERS WOMEN DANCING AND CHANTING SLOGANS AMID DRUMMING WIDE OF SCENE WHERE PEOPLE ARE CHANTING SLOGANS AND DANCING IN CIRCLE AMID DRUMMING (SOUNDBITE) (English) CUBAN AMERICAN PROTESTER, RAIKO MENGANA, SAYING: "We're here today because people in Cuba, they went out into the streets asking for their rights, because of the violence that the government does not help with them. The hospitals are all full. And the police is just beating people and putting fines on people just to go out. So that's why we're here supporting people and you can see it. (Reporter asks 'What does it mean to you?') It means that we are getting close to the freedom of Cuba. I mean, like, the people, like the masses, they are waking up. Thanks to the internet and the information they are getting, I think that are going to -- to be free."
- 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: LVA001ELJBJUV
- 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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