WASHINGTON (WSVN) – Hundreds of Cuban Americans from across the United States, including southern Florida, have come to the nation’s capital to take their growing calls for freedom in Cuba to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
7News cameras captured New York resident Dustin Garcia, his face and white T-shirt appearing to be bloodied, as he walked back and forth and waved the Cuban flag in front of the House Blanche, Saturday afternoon.
âI feel sad. Sometimes I feel like I want to go with them, join them and fight with them, but the only thing I can find to support them right now is to be there for them and to do everything possible to fight for them, âhe said.
One of the many Spanish signs held up read: “If Cubans are in the streets, so are we.”
Among the protesters who filled Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square were Oscar Martinez and his group.
âWe want the world to know what’s going on,â he said.
Martinez said they were from Miami.
âWe want freedom for Cuba. We don’t need drugs, we don’t need anything else. We need humanitarian intervention. We need help, “he said.” This is just the beginning. “
Cuban Americans want their voices to be heard. Many of them traveled to the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC on Saturday to listen to music through the speakers.
âThey use our own music to stop our voices,â said Ivis Rodriguez, a resident of Texas.
The loud chants of the demonstrators ended up drowning out the music.
âLet’s see if they can hear us since we’re closer now,â said New Jersey resident Darina Alarcon.
A banner adorning the facade of the Cuban Embassy reads âCuban life matters. End the blockade now! “
âThis is not the message. It’s a joke, âRodriguez said. âWe are fighting for freedom, just that, freedom. No more excuses for this. It’s a joke.
Cuban Americans who spoke to 7News said they plan to continue moving towards freedom, thanks to a movement that Cubans on the island launched on Sunday.
âWe are so proud of this young generation. We thought hope was lost, and hope was right under it, and it’s going up, âRodriguez said.
Martinez said some of those in his group will return to South Florida on Saturday night and the rest will return on Sunday.
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