Exiles backing Cuban resistance mark anniversary at Bay of Pigs museum

MIAMI – A group of Cuban exiles met to mark the anniversary of the historic July 11 protests on Monday in Miami.

The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a coalition of organizations working towards democracy in Cuba, organized an event at the Bay of Pigs Museum.

“That uprising continues and people in Cuba are working and organizing,” Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat said during his address.

Gutiérrez-Boronat said Cubans are planning a national strike to protest the failures of the single-party system on the communist island and to demand freedom.

Gutiérrez-Boronat also said it’s important to ask the members of the European Union to “seize financing repression in Cuba because that’s what they are doing.”

The Bay of Pigs Museum is also the headquarters of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association. Rafael Montalvo, the president of Brigade 2506, also took the podium during the event.

“It’s a freedom that we believe in, it’s a cause that we believe in, it’s people that we will support forever,” Montalvo said.

5 p.m. report: Demonstration in Little Havana

Dozens of people marked the anniversary of the historic July 11 protests on Monday outside of the Versailles Restaurant in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood.

4 p.m. report: Demonstration in Bird Road

To mark the first anniversary of the historic July 11 protests, groups displayed their Cuban flags on Bird Road and Eighth Street on Monday in Miami-Dade County.

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