Samuel Case, FISM News
Protestors in southern Florida disrupted traffic on Tuesday when a large group demonstrated in the streets of Miami, stopping a section of the Miami Dade highway, with demands that President Biden help the Cuban people in their ongoing protest against their communist government.
According to NBC Miami the protesters were waving the Cuban flag while shouting “Libertad” or “Freedom” and proceeded to sit down and block traffic at the Palmetto Expressway. Police were forced to direct traffic off the highway to alleviate the growing traffic jam.
The protestors violated Florida’s ‘anti-riot’ law which says anyone who “willfully obstruct the free, convenient, and normal use of a public street, highway or road” could face a $15 traffic citation.
Two men were arrested in Tampa during similar protests “on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting law enforcement and taking part in an unlawful assembly that blocked streets or sidewalks,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
In Miami, members of the crowd told Fox News they were there to show their support for the Cuban pro-freedom movement and pressure the President to Act. One man told Fox: “We haven’t gotten support from the president. So, we are trying to fight, to finish with the communism.”
One woman addressed the President directly saying, “Biden, you should listen to the people here, the elected officials that are Cubans and know what is best for the people in Cuba.” Still another demonstrator said, “Joe Biden should help us. That’s what we are here for, asking for the White House to pronounce in favor of the people of Cuba.”
President Joe Biden released a short statement on Monday saying the U.S. stands “with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime.”