Exiles and allies gather to call for freedom in Cuba (includes video story)

The Cuban community reunited at Versailles Cuban Cuisine Monday, one year after the 7/11 protests inside Cuba. Their goal, to protest and bring awareness to oppression caused by the Cuban government. It was just one of the protests that were held nationwide.

Protesters in Little Havana brought flags, signs and megaphones to voice their support for the country.

Not only were Cuban-Americans there, but people from Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia showed up to voice that their countries are also under oppressive governments. 

For decades, the Versailles restaurant has been an icon representing the Cuban culture in Miami. Holding this event here has significant meaning behind the Cuban heritage in the United States. 

“This is over because it is the Cuban youth that is rebelling” said Miguel Saveira in Spanish, one of the leaders of the protests. 

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