Miami officials say outdoor venue, sanitation stations will help keep people safe during ‘Down With the Chains’ event


MIAMI – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo held a news conference Friday to announce new details regarding the Call for Freedom of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua event.

The “Down With The Chains!” rally is at 5 p.m., Saturday at Bayfront Park. Carollo said workers will begin building the stage around 4 p.m. Friday.

He said there will be various nearby parking areas for those who attend the event and the city is working with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and Pérez Art Museum to hopefully allow participants to park there, as well, which would create an additional 800 spaces.

The mayor and commissioner said the event is being held outdoors and there will be sanitation stations present to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The mayor also said those who are vaccinated should be less worried, as 99% of those who are vaccinated will not suffer severe symptoms if they contract the virus.

Earlier this week, Carollo said he has the support of activists from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua in Miami-Dade County.

“We are going to embrace Nicaraguans. We are going to embrace Venezuelans, “said Silvio Iriondo, from MAR for Cuba.

They also have the support of musicians Gente de Zona, Willy Chirino, Los 3 de La Habana, Albita, Lena and Melena Burke, Marisela Verena, and Hansel.

“This is not going to be a concert, this is not going to be a party,” Carrollo said.

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