MIAMI – A caravan of thousands of vehicles with American and Cuban flags and posters in favor of President Donald Trump toured Miami this Saturday to warn of the risk that communist and socialist ideas are implanted in the power of the United States and ask for freedom for Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“Miami is the bastion of anti-communism in the hemisphere,” Cuban politician Luis Zuñiga said several times when addressing the participants in the caravan before leaving from the parking lot of a casino in the city.
According to the organizers, some 20,000 people participated in the demonstration that took place in the form of a caravan to prevent COVID-19 infections.
At least a thousand vehicles were in the casino parking lot before the start of the caravan and many others joined in at different points along the route, according to EFE.
Figures from the Cuban exile and from opposition organizations from the island, from Venezuela and Nicaragua, veterans of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion (Cuba), businessmen, families, and “Honkonese and Taiwanese” citizens, almost entirely wearing masks, were made present at the Magic Casino to participate in the Anti-Communist-Anti-Socialist Caravan for Freedom and Democracy.
“I think this is the most important thing we can do at this time for the future of the great American nation,” Sylvia Iriondo, president of the Cuban exile organization Mothers and women against repression (MAR for Cuba) told Efe.
For Iriondo, in the 2020 elections “freedom, democracy and the values that have made this nation great” are at stake, something with which Luis Infante, from the Cuban Historical Political Presidio-Casa del Preso agreed.
The former politician Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas, Andrei Sajarov prize winner, who was surprised by the pandemic outside of Cuba, was another of the participants in the caravan.
In a statement to the press, he said that the next presidential elections “are going to be very conflictive and at the same time decisive for the future of the world.”
“COMMUNISM CANNOT BE ALLOWED IN CUBA OR IN THE US”
“Communism cannot be allowed anywhere, not only in Cuba or in the United States,” said Fariñas, who considered “terrible” the possibility of a “penetration of the left in the United States government.”
The Nicaraguan exile Eduardo Guayo addressed the crowd concentrated in the Magic Casino parking lot singing a song of his authorship dedicated to the Cuban Armando Sosa Fortuny, who died in 2019 of health problems while in prison and spent the last 43 years of his life in prison .
Reynold Rodríguez, another well-known Cuban exile figure who carried a sign with the legend “the mother of all caravans”, stressed that this was “a dream that united us all” in reference to the fact that all the exile organizations joined this initiative.
Among the speakers there were many references to the fact that October 10 has a special meaning, since on that day in 1868 the Cuban independence leader Carlos Manuel de Céspedes took up arms against the Spanish government and began the fight for Cuban independence.
Although there were many older people on the platform of the rally, there were also younger people such as the Cuban-American actor, television host, comedian and writer Alex Otaola, with great influence on social networks.
“It is very important to unite among all Latinos in the United States to demonstrate that socialism and communism are not the way for the nations that suffer from it or for this one,” Otaola told Efe.
According to the voting intention surveys for the November 3 elections. Democrat Biden leads Trump nationally, but the gap between the two is narrowing in Florida, a state always decisive in the presidential elections.
Trump has focused his re-election campaign on saying that Biden is a puppet of the radical left who wants to turn the US into “Venezuela,” while Biden, who has denied being a socialist, focuses on health.