Miami Springs residents joined in a march along Curtiss Parkway on Friday in support of the people seeking freedom in Cuba.  The event was posted on the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook on Friday, July 16.  The event was promoted as a “candlelight silent march in solidarity with Cuba.  We mourn the deaths and support Cuban political prisoners.”

The starting point was the Marine Corps Memorial on Deer Run and Curtiss Parkway.  The group gathered at 7:30pm with the march beginning at 8pm.   The conclusion of the march was at the Circle.

Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook

As you can see by the photos shared on the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook, it was a very peaceful march with lots of Cuban and American flags.  The latter, of course, being the ultimate symbol for freedom.

Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
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We’d like to personally thank everyone who was involved in this pro-freedom march.  (We had a family wedding yesterday and could not join or cover this event.)

Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook

This has been one of the most hopeful, worrisome, and incredibly frustrating times for the Miami Cuban exile community.  We are seeing the uprising many of us have dreamed of so we’re hopeful that change can happen.  We’re worried as we see people being killed, shot, beaten, kidnapped, and disappeared.  We worry about the families losing their young boys who have been taken away from their homes.  Even young female bloggers have been forcibly removed from their homes while live streaming.  We worry about the beatings, incarcerations, and punishment that will no one will ever see as they will be delivered behind closed doors.  And we are frustrated as we see a golden opportunity for change in the country slip through our fingers without the help from Washington.

Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook

Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook

Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook
Photo courtesy Cristy Tome via the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook

In addition to the march on Curtiss Parkway, students and faculty at Miami Regional University (located in Miami Springs) joined the Freedom for Cuba movement outside the school waving Cuban flags and supportive T-Shirts.

Late Additions

Some additional photos posted to the Miami Springs Community Group on Facebook:

Photo courtesy Arleen Moro Vazquez via the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group.
Photo courtesy Arleen Moro Vazquez via the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group.
Photo courtesy Arleen Moro Vazquez via the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group.
Photo courtesy Arleen Moro Vazquez via the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group.
Photo posted on the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group
Photo posted on the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group
Photo posted on the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group
Photo posted on the Miami Springs Community Facebook Group
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