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Gloria Estefan Supports Cuban Protesters

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The legendary Gloria Estefan is coming out to support Las Damas de Blanco (aka Ladies in White), a group who were violently harassed and forced by government security agents to board buses which forced them to break up their march last week.

The group marches every year to commemorate the anniversary of the 2003 arrests of their husbands and sons by Cuban agents during the "Black Spring crackdown" against independent journalists and others exposing governmental indiscretions.

Gloria announced that she would march along Little Havana's Calle Ocho on Thursday at 6 p.m. to express exile solidarity with Las Damas de Blanco.

"For me, at this instant, this is not politics,” said the singer. "It's about life, the lives of human being . . . but at this moment, seeing what these women are going through, at this moment, historically, it's important, as a Cuban, as a woman, to support these ladies.”

Amazing!

And if you're in Los Angeles, please join everyone this Sunday at Echo Park between 2:00 and 5:00pm in front of the Jose Marti statue, and remember to wear white.

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12 comments to “Gloria Estefan Supports Cuban Protesters”



  1. 1

    Why is this "AMAZING"? She is a Cuban, she is a member of the Cuban community and she is marching in support of a Cuban cause. how exactly does that "AMAZE" you?



  2. 2

    Re: Spindoc – This is not just a "cuban" issue…freedom of the press should be supported in every country. When journalists are arrested for reporting the truth, anywhere in the world (or killed as they are in Russia, Mexico and elsewhere) we should all stand up against that…or march with white shirts, or whatever statement we can make…



  3. 3

    What's up with her face?????

  4. albes says – reply to this


    4

    Her father killed many cubans before 1959, he was parts of Batista's security.

    She left Cuba since she was a baby, I really hate the way she use the cuban situation to get money.



  5. 5

    This is a human rights issue! I'm so happy you posted this Perez. xoxoxo. We are doing a protest here in L.A. on Sunday @ 2pm in Echo Park!!!



  6. 6

    Why do people get so upset about this? Gloria Estefan wanted to call attention to these women being abused by the Cuban government, they were dragged on the streets and then threw them into buses to leave the place.

    Like the article said, she wanted to express her solidarity with the Ladies in White. This is about humanity.



  7. 7

    I'm still waiting for her to say that she was wrong for supporting those who withheld little Elian Gonzalez from his father back in 1999.
    Cuba's people are suffering, and we should all support their freedom and right to liberty. But the exile community in the U.S. has been really indulgent, and they have blocked the free speech rights of American dissenters.

  8. fiera says – reply to this


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    I am Cuban American and I wish I can be in Calle Ocho or in LA to support the cause.



  9. 9

    Thank god!

    I totally agree that we should all support the struggle of Cubans on the island and their right to liberty. The Cuban govmt has done way too much to silence Cuban dissenters on the island–did you hear a political prisoner died last month because they didn't give him medical care?!?! That's just sick.

    I'm glad Gloria is doing this and I'll definitely be supporting them on Thursday! Wearing white!



  10. 10

    Oh what a brave, brave woman
    marching along Calle Oche to show support and to show her fierce disapproval of the Castro goverment
    Meanwhile IM sure Emillio is off running some poor soul over with his speedboat



  11. 11

    PS

    If Gloria really wants to protest something
    Tell her to get out and start protesting the Russians who are drilling for oil off the coast of Cuba

    Talk about a disaster waiting to happen



  12. 12

    Love Gloria! Good for her! :)