MIAMI, Fla. – Deep south in Miami-Dade County, among a small group of SOS Cuba protesters, a boy held up a sign Friday night in Homestead to ask U.S. President Joe Biden for military intervention in Cuba. He made it out of cardboard and paint so he could hold it up and show it to drivers Friday night.
During a news conference Thursday, Biden said Cuba is a “failed state” because communism is “a universally failed system.” His administration is considering whether the U.S. has the technological ability to support internet access in Cuba.
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Another boy from Miami-Dade stood in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., Friday afternoon, and he said in English that as an American of Cuban descent he was ready to fight for freedom in Cuba. Argelio “Lleyo” Saez, of Hialeah, said he brought an SOS Cuba sign with him that was large enough for Biden to see.
“We need to be as free as the United States is,” Saez, 33, said. “That’s what the Cuban people want.”
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In Miami’s Little Havana, SOS Cuba protesters joined tourists and the area’s regulars of the weekly gallery night known as “Viernes Culturales,” Spanish for “Cultural Fridays.” Maria Salas marched with dozens on Eighth Street from Versailles at Southwest 36th Avenue to the Domino Park at Southwest 15th Avenue.
“It is very easy to stand and say we are with you, we want to help you, but if there is no action that takes place by our government, by other governments, the UN — nothing is going to happen,” Salas said.
In Miami Springs, dozens met at the Miami Regional University campus on South Royal Ponciana Boulevard. They wore white red and blue “Patria Y Vida” T-shirts.
It’s Spanish for “Homeland and Life” and the name of a song that has become the anthem of the SOS Cuba protests in South Florida and the island.
Cuban artists wrote it to antagonize communist propaganda that is more than half a century old. It was inspired by the late Fidel Castro’s rallying cry of “Socialism or Death” and the slain “Che” Guevara’s “Homeland or Death” 1964 speech in the United Nations.
The phrase took a different meaning for Cubans as the communist regime was unable to provide what was needed to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuban Americans say relatives on the island are dealing with shortages of food and medicine and COVID patients are dying at home without access to care. After the uprising Sunday, Cubans used videos as evidence of the violent crackdown that followed.
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