Large Rally With Music Calling for Freedom Amid COVID-19 Spike

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A crowd of hundreds rallied for freedom and a change in leadership in three Caribbean and South American nations in downtown Miami Saturday.

Hundreds of people packing Bayfront Park calling for “libertad” in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

The outdoor rally featured dozens of artists and speakers.

Wilma Estrada says it wasn’t a concert, but a demonstration for freedom.

“My family is suffering in this moment. My cousin is in jail and my brother too,” she said.

The event happening amid a rise in covid-19 cases across the state and organizers say masks were recommended but not required.

Estrada says she’s vaccinated, but still chose to wear a mask.

“If you noticed, I’m not in the middle of the people. I’m participating but I’m on the other side,” Estrada said.

NBC 6’s Ryan Nelson is in Bayfront Park where people are calling for action from the U.S. intervention in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela

The event comes after the Biden administration announced new sanctions on Friday against Cuba’s national revolutionary police and its top two officials as the U.S. looks to increase pressure on the communist government following this month’s protests on the island.

Thousands of Cuban Americans have been in front of the White House all day long, demanding freedom for Cuba. NBC 6’s Julia Bagg reports from DC

This all comes as Florida becomes the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around one-fifth of all new cases in the U.S.

Governor DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements and has worked with the state legislature to limit local leaders from imposing covid-19 restrictions.

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