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Estefan to Lead March on Cuba

Rally designed to support the Ladies in White activists in Cuba



    Estefan to Lead March on Cuba
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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 13: Singer Gloria Estefan performs onstage during the 9th annual Latin GRAMMY awards held at the Toyota Center on November 13, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    After seeing women protesters dragged through the streets in CubaGloria Estefan figured the best way to fight the injustice was to dress in white and carry on the march.

    The Cuba native is calling on all Cubans in Miami to come out and rally against the Castro government on Thursday in Little Havana at 6 p.m. Estefan called on participants to dress in white, walk in silence and hold flowers in the style of the Cuban group.

    "Cubans and non-Cubans alike that live in liberty need to take the opportunity at this moment in history to come together and show them that we care," Estefan said at a press conference, "We are all united in the love and the need for a free Cuba and freedom for the Cuban people that are enslaved right now on the island."

    The march will travel along Calle Ocho and will be led by the Grammy award-winning singer and song writer.

    The protest is expected to be peaceful, unlike the one held in Havana on March 17, when the Ladies in White were attacked by Cuban police, dragged into buses and hauled away.

    Ladies in White, or Las Damas de Blanco as they are known in Cuba, is a group of wives and mothers whose relatives are in prison for opposing Fidel Castro's government.

    If you are interested in attending the march, meet at Beacom Blvd., between 7th and 8th Streets, before the start of the march. The march will go from 22nd to 27th Avenues.