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Miami — Hours of heavy rain on Tuesday did not put a damper on the third day of demonstrations that have erupted across South Florida in support of the uprising in Cuba, where the largest anti-government protests in decades are continuing.

During a near constant afternoon downpour, more than 100 people waved Cuban flags and chanted to honking traffic in front of the famous Cuban-American gathering spot Cafe Versailles in the Little Havana neighborhood. Across the city, another group of demonstrators temporarily blocked highway traffic, chanting “Libertad!” according local news and social media reports.

And in the evening, more than a thousand demonstrators gathered under umbrellas in a park near the campus of Florida International University to wave flags, sing, and to listen to speakers who led chants of “Free Cuba now,” and called for a United Nations intervention on the communist-controlled island.

Gabriela Gutierrez, 18, president of the group Students For a Free Cuba, which helped to organize the Versailles demonstration, was soaked, but she said she didn’t care. While she was born in the U.S., the rest of her family in Cuban-born, and she feels a need to stand with her people, “our blood,” she said.

“Now that our people are out in the streets, we need to stand with them, and we need to show them support,” said Gutierrez, who like many other South Florida demonstrators was hopeful that this latest uprising in Cuba could “be the start of an end” to the island’s 62-year-old communist dictatorship.

Gabriela Gutierrez, who helped organize a demonstration at Cafe Versailles. (Ryan Mills)

The protests in Cuba, the largest since at least the mid-1990s, erupted Sunday. Some mainstream media outlets and political figures have tried to downplay the anti-communist focus, instead trying to link them to economic hardship during the coronavirus pandemic and to the slow rollout of a vaccine on the island (COVID-19 cases hit record numbers in Cuba this month).

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