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