SOS Cuba Demonstrators Blocked Palmetto Expressway Traffic For Hours – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Portions of the Palmetto Expressway were closed Tuesday due to protesters fighting for freedom in Cuba.
Dozens of protesters began their rally on Coral Way and SW 82 Avenue and then marched on 826 to block traffic in both directions.
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“Long live Cuba! Free Cuba! ”Protesters sang.
Support for the Cubans spread to the palmetto.
The police blocked the access ramps for north and south traffic on the Palmetto Expressway.
CBS4 anchor Eliott Rodriguez got stuck in traffic trying to get to work Tuesday.
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“We fight for freedom. It is very difficult. The Americans must join the Cubans, ”said one protester.
Cuban flags were even seen everywhere in traffic, which still supported the movement.
During the day, crowds of demonstrators crowded the expressway. Hours of traffic blocked in both directions between Coral Way and Bird Road.
Once a demonstrator was injured and had to be removed by ambulance. Not a word about what exactly happened.
SEE IT: Protester taken away in ambulance on Palmetto Expressway
FHP began moving in around 9:15 p.m. to disperse the crowd. According to a CBS4 photographer, it took about 25 minutes and everyone left peacefully.
But just as the police started moving people from this place, another protest surfaced on Palmetto and NW 103 Street.
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People took to the streets and started blocking traffic in the southbound lanes.
This demonstration cleared up around 11 p.m.
SEE IT: Traffic camera caught vehicle being driven by SOS Cuba protesters on 826. squeezes
CBS4 has not heard of any arrests.
A message from Col. Gene Spaulding, Florida Highway Patrol director. pic.twitter.com/KVf5qBaaI5
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This demonstration of support follows rare weekend street protests in Cuba over food and drug shortages amid a severe economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and US sanctions.
The Cuban police brought these unauthorized protests under control on Monday.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Cuban American, tweeted that he had “never felt such raw emotion from the people of Miami desperately seeking government and themselves intervention on behalf of Cuba.” He added that “this is the moment of freedom” for Cuba.
I have never felt such raw emotion from the people of Miami desperately looking for government and themselves to intervene on behalf of Cuba. This is the moment of freedom in Cuba. IT CANNOT WAIT ANY MORE! pic.twitter.com/fL0aaKgbJz
– Mayor Francis Suarez (@MiamiMayor) July 12, 2021
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There were other demonstrations in South Florida, including one in Versailles along SW 8th Street and 36th Avenue and another in Tamiami Park on Coral Way and 107th Avenue.