MIAMI – Dozens met to mark the first anniversary of the historic July 11 protests in Cuba on Monday afternoon outside of the Versailles Restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana.

A man walked with the group along Eighth Street as he dragged the thick silver chains that were wrapped around him. He was representing a Cuban political prisoner. Most of the demonstrators were dressed in white. Some drivers honked their horns.

The demonstration was part of a series of events in Miami-Dade County to show solidarity with the Cubans who were sentenced to prison for daring to protest against the communist regime.

Some of the demonstrators had attended a meeting earlier at the Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami. A man said he was there to show solidarity with those who remain in labor camps.

Some demonstrators were also attending a Catholic prayer vigil on Monday night at the Our Lady of Charity Shrine, at 3609 S. Miami Ave.


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