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Tens Of Thousands Protest For Cuba's Freedom

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We mentioned earlier this week about the protests taking place in Miami, Florida, to support the Damas de Blanco (aka Ladies in White), a group of women in Cuba who were violently harassed by government security agents and forced 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.

So, on Thursday, tens of thousands of Cuban exiles and supporters joined Gloria Estefan in a march down Miami's Little Havana to express exile solidarity with the Damas de Blanco.

Gloria then took time to speak to the crowd, in both English and Spanish, and told them:

"Thank you, Miami. This shows we're one people. We are the people that love and defend freedom. At this moment, the Ladies of White are marching and are receiving violence again. Ladies in White, we walk with you.

Peace, love and freedom in the world ¡Viva Cuba Libre! ¡Viva los Estado Unidos! May God bless this great nation that has allowed us to do this.”

Others joining the protest in Miami included singer Willy Chirino and rapper Pittbull.

Emilio Estefan also spoke, adding:

"We truly are in a new era and it's the young generation with blooming technology in an age of camera phones and Twitter. There is no escaping the truth anymore. We have finally reached a turning point for Cuba, Miami, the movement. This is a turning point in history.”

And don't forget, if you're in Los Angeles, join us - dressed in all white - this Sunday at Echo Park between 2:00 and 5:00pm in front of the Jose Marti statue to peacefully protest and show your support.

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