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Cuba Protesters In Washington Want President Biden To Do More To Pressure The Regime

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ALEX DAUGHERTY MIAMI HERALD
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The Miami Herald
Thousands of protesters gather outside the White House to mark the 26th of July national holiday in Cuba. The protesters were calling on Joe Biden to increase pressure on Cuba after historic pro-democracy protests on the island.

As thousands of anti-regime protesters gathered outside the White House just before midnight Monday to mark the 26th of July with a candlelight vigil, Alex Perez and Chris Cruz stood off to the side and smiled at the scene.

“I’m 27 and I never thought I would live to see something like this,” said Perez, a Hialeah resident who came to the United States from Cuba seven years ago. “We need to make sure there’s pressure for people who didn’t have to go through what I went through to know what’s going on in Cuba.”

Perez and Cruz made plans weeks ago to come to Washington for a planned demonstration timed for July 26, the date that Fidel Castro led his first attack against the Batista government and a national holiday in Cuba. They ended up getting 10 of their friends to join them in a rental van after mass pro-democracy protests broke out across Cuba on July 11.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.