Cubans rally at Echo Park Lake *

A fast growing crowd of several hundred people dressed in white gathered in the northwest corner of Echo Park Lake this afternoon to protest human rights abuses in Cuba. Actor Andy Garcia (pictured at right holding a flower) and gossip blogger Perez Hilton also appeared at the rally and march around Echo Park Lake. The marchers were asked to dress in white clothing in support of the Ladies in White, a group that has protested in support of imprisoned political dissidents in Cuba.

* Update: A small disturbance broke out across Glendale Boulevard from the mostly peaceful demonstration after some persons began waving flags bearing images of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, said Jesse Saucedo who witnessed and captured the scene in the bottom right photo. “The crowd shouted and booed from across the lake when suddenly two men rushed across the street and ran up the hill and grabbed the flags from them,” Saucedo said. “Then soon after more folks joined them on the hill.” Police officers arrived on the scene to break up the confrontation.

Top photo by The Eastsider; bottom photos by Jesse Saucedo

One comment

  1. Dear freind,
    I’m having a difficult time understanding the video, who were the black people arguing with the Cubans, were they the ones holding up the Che flag. Let me say this I certainly agree that Raul Castro like Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua has, should understand the need for a mixed economy with his socialism and do some reforms as he is already doing. I think if Cuba does some market in a controlled manner that doesn’t erode their social safety net but generates money for it will be good. I’m afraid these exiles want to do what they did in Nicaragua in 1990 after the Sandinistas were voted out , and privatize everything. I really think Raul is the key to Cuba’s future and would much rather see a moderate socialism or a restrained capitalism, but these exiles represent a pro corporate plutocracy and thats definately not good. Castro’s took a 40 percent infant mortality rate and now have it lower than the U.S . I don’t want to see that reversed.

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