Miami Cubans Demand Freedom for Family and Friends Who Remain: ‘This Is the Moment’

More than 100 people rallied along the road outside Cafe Versailles in Miami on July 13, 2010. Demonstrations have erupted across the city in support of anti-communist protesters in Cuba. (Ryan Mills)

Miami – Hector Consuegra escaped Cuba with his family 18 years ago, fleeing from the communist-controlled island where, he said, there is “no respect for the people, no human rights, nothing.” He would like to return one day when a future of life and liberty is restored.

Nury Gomez’s mom left Cuba as a young woman in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift. Gomez said her activism is driven by her mom’s desire to see Cuba free in her lifetime.

Alina Zerpa, whose grandfather was a Cuban political prisoner, said that if the island is freed from its dictatorship, she’ll be “on the

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Ryan Mills is a media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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