Former political prisoners and exiles denounced the “risk” of Democrat Joe Biden winning. Florida, a crucial state to define the election.
A caravan of hundreds of vehicles with American and Cuban flags and posters in favor of President Donald Trump toured Miami this Saturday to warn of the “risk” of “communist and socialist ideas” coming to power in the United States and calling for freedom for Cuba , Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“Miami is the bastion of anti-communism in the hemisphere,” said former Cuban political prisoner Luis Zuñiga when addressing the participants in the caravan before leaving from the parking lot of a casino in that Florida city.
According to the organizers, some 20,000 people participated in the demonstration that took place in the form of a caravan to prevent coronavirus infections.
Figures from Cuban exile and opposition organizations from the island, Venezuela and Nicaragua, veterans of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion (Cuba), businessmen, families and citizens of Hong Kong and Taiwan, almost all with chinstraps, were 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 news agency. .
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 Prison-Casa del Preso agreed.
The former political prisoner Guillermo “Coco” FariñasAndrei Sakharov Prize, who was surprised by the pandemic outside of Cuba, was another of the participants in the caravan.
In statements to the press, he said that the presidential elections on November 3 “are going to be very conflictive and at the same time decisive for the future of the world.”
“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.”
Nicaraguan exile Eduardo Guayo addressed the crowd gathered in the Magic Casino parking lot singing a song dedicated to 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 poster 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 older people abounded on the rally platform, there were also younger people such as the Cuban-American actor, television host, comedian and writer Alex Otaola, with great influence on social media.
“It is very important to unite among all Latinos in the US to show that socialism and communism are not the way for the nations that suffer from it or for this one,” Otaola told EFE.
According to polls of voting intention for the elections, Democrat Joe Biden leads Trump nationally, but the difference between the two is shortened in Florida, a state always decisive in the presidential.
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 to seduce to older voters, who this year could tip the balance toward the Democratic candidate.