Actor Andy Garcia Leads Demonstration for Cuban Political Prisoners
(KTLA-TV / March 28, 2010)
The march in Los Angeles was one of many around the country to commemorate the seventh anniversary of "Black Spring," the Cuban government's imprisonment of 75 human rights advocates and independent journalists.
Los Angeles area Cubans and student group " Raices de Esperanza" were encouraged to where white clothing in the march to support the "Damas de Blanco" (Ladies in White) who have protested in silence since 2003 in Havana, Cuba for the release of 75 Cuban dissidents.
Garcia called for democracy in Cuba, and called attention to human rights. "[Human rights have] been ignored for 50 years. The Castro brothers have been in control of the information, but with technology, blogs, and Tweets they have lost control and people are now in the streets," the actor told the crowd.
Also attending were comedian George Lopez and blogger Perez Hilton.
Singer Gloria Estefan led one of the rallies in Miami's Little Havana on Friday.