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After A Castro Supporter Showed Up, Chaos Erupted At An Anti-Communism Rally In Miami

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Al Diaz ADIAZ@MIAMIHERALD.COM
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The Miami Herald
A counter protestor, wearing blue cap, is shouted down as he is escorted by Miami Police during a rally in front of Versailles Restaurant in Miami in support of Cuban artists arrested in Cuban on Saturday, November 28, 2020.

During an anti-communism rally Saturday afternoon in Little Havana, Miami Police took five people into custody — including Cuban influencer and event organizer Alex Otaola — after chaos erupted when a known defender of the Castro regime showed up. Police released them a few hours later.

About 300 people gathered at about 2 p.m. in front of the popular restaurant Versailles, 3555 SW Eighth St., to support the recent demonstrations on the island.

This week, members of the San Isidro Movement, a collective of young artists and activists who oppose Miguel Diaz-Canel’s regime in Cuba, participated in a hunger strike. On Thursday night, Cuban authorities violently repressed them, sparking an unprecedented massive protest Friday night. On Saturday, San Isidro supporters called for another protest in front of the Cuban Ministry of Interior Commerce to demand the closure of dollar stores.

Read more from our news partner at the Miami Herald.