MIAMI – Dozens met to mark the first anniversary of the historic July 11 protests in Cuba on Monday afternoon outside of the Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana.
A man walked with the group along Eighth Street as he dragged the thick silver chains that were wrapped around him. He was representing a Cuban political prisoner. Most of the demonstrators were dressed in white. Some drivers honked their horns.
The demonstration was part of a series of events in Miami-Dade County to show solidarity with the Cubans who were sentenced to prison for daring to protest against the communist regime.
Some of the demonstrators had attended a meeting earlier at the Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami. A man said he was there to show solidarity with those who remain in labor camps.
Some demonstrators were also attending a Catholic prayer vigil on Monday night at the Our Lady of Charity Shrine, at 3609 S. Miami Ave.
A prayer vigil is underway at the Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad en Miami for the well being of those imprisoned for joining the historic Patria y Vida protests in Cuba a year ago today #Julio11 #Cuba @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/4W1O0rmL7O— Christian De La Rosa (@delarosaWPLG) July 11, 2022