Cuban Americans speak out in solidarity with the protests in Cuba (includes video story)

The fight for freedom in Cuba is being echoed in Miami as the demonstrations continue to grow on the island.

Now, elected officials are weighing in on the situation and pledging their solidarity to the people of Cuba.

Sunday and Monday saw crowds lined in the streets of Miami calling for change and showing their support for Cubans protesting against their government.

President Biden expressed his support as well and said the United States is standing with them in their fight for justice.

“The United States stands firmly with the people of Cuba as they assert their universal rights, and we call on the government, the governor of Cuba, to refrain from violence [and] their attempts to silence the voice of the people of Cuba.”

On Capitol Hill, Cuban American Senator Marco Rubio criticized the Cuban government’s policies, and said the conditions on the island are a violation of basic human rights that must come to an end.

“Give up your freedom for economic security– what economic security? People are hungry, homes are crumbling, there is no real economy in Cuba.”

In Surfside, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava doubled down on her support for the Cuban people, and assured them that South Florida is behind them.

“We stand united with the Cuban people on the island and across our own community at this historic moment in the struggle for freedom, dignity and basic human rights,” Mayor Levine Cava said.

More waves of protests are expected to continue in Cuba, and throughout South Florida in the coming days.

Jonan Morales was born and raised in the suburbs of West Kendall in Miami, Florida. He comes from a Puerto Rican family and took an interest in storytelling at a young age. He is currently a producer at CBS4 News and is studying at Florida International University. Morales is set to receive his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism come August.

Liban is a journalism student at FIU. He is currently enrolled in a dual program majoring in Broadcast Media and taking graduate Spanish journalism classes. He is hoping to finish his masters in Spanish journalism in the summer of 2022.