Cubans rally outside White House and in Miami to demand Biden offer a lifeline ...

Cubans rally outside White House and in Miami to demand Biden offer a lifeline ...
Cubans rally outside White House and in Miami to demand Biden offer a lifeline ...

Hundreds of people left Florida on buses Friday night headed to Washington D.C. to protest outside the White House after a week of unprecedented protests on the Communist-led island this past week.

The protests in the nation's capital came as Raul Castro joined thousands at a government-organized rally in Havana on Saturday to denounce the U.S. trade embargo and reaffirm their support for Cuba's 'revolution.'

Thousands of Cubans have protested shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties, and the government's handling of a surge in COVID-19 infections. 

Meanwhile, demonstrators in Washington on Saturday carried signs reading 'Freedom for Cuba' while calling on President Joe Biden to help the suffering Caribbean nation.

WASHINGTON D.C.: Hundreds of people left Florida on buses Friday night headed to Washington D.C. to protest on the steps of the White House and Cuban embassy

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Hundreds of people left Florida on buses Friday night headed to Washington D.C. to protest on the steps of the White House and Cuban embassy

WASHINGTON D.C.: Demonstrators are seen on their knees outside of the White House while protesting on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: Demonstrators are seen on their knees outside of the White House while protesting on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: A man is pictured draped with the Cuban flag outside of the White House on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: A man is pictured draped with the Cuban flag outside of the White House on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: Demonstrators shout their solidarity with the Cuban people against the communist government during a rally outside the White House on Saturday. 'Patria y vida' as seen on the flag, means 'homeland and life' in Spanish

WASHINGTON D.C.: Demonstrators shout their solidarity with the Cuban people against the communist government during a rally outside the White House on Saturday. 'Patria y vida' as seen on the flag, means 'homeland and life' in Spanish 

WASHINGTON D.C.: Demonstrators shout their solidarity with the Cuban people against the communist government during a rally outside the White House on Saturday. 'Patria y vida' as seen on the flag, means 'homeland and life' in Spanish

WASHINGTON D.C.: Demonstrators shout their solidarity with the Cuban people against the communist government during a rally outside the White House on Saturday. 'Patria y vida' as seen on the flag, means 'homeland and life' in Spanish

WASHINGTON D.C.: A protester holds a sign that reads 'COMMUNISM IS NOT AN OPTION' at a demonstration outside of the White House on Saturday

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A protester holds a sign that reads 'COMMUNISM IS NOT AN OPTION' at a demonstration outside of the White House on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: A woman holds a sign that reads 'FREE CUBA NOW!' while calling on President Joe Biden to do more to help the people of Cuba

WASHINGTON D.C.: A woman holds a sign that reads 'FREE CUBA NOW!' while calling on President Joe Biden to do more to help the people of Cuba

WASHINGTON D.C.: A man holds a sign that reads 'THE REGIME IS KILLING HUMANS FOR SPEAKING' at an protest outside the White House on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: A man holds a sign that reads 'THE REGIME IS KILLING HUMANS FOR SPEAKING' at an protest outside the White House on Saturday

WASHINGTON D.C.: A woman holds a sign with the Cuban flag calling for 'FREEDOM FOR CUBA'

WASHINGTON D.C.: A woman holds a sign with the Cuban flag calling for 'FREEDOM FOR CUBA'

WASHINGTON D.C.: Protesters carry balloons that read S.O.S. calling on aide for Cubans protesting their government

WASHINGTON D.C.: Protesters carry balloons that read S.O.S. calling on aide for Cubans protesting their government 

WASHINGTON D.C.: Protesters hold signs comparing the treatment of Cubans in their home country as the 'Cuban Holocaust'

WASHINGTON D.C.: Protesters hold signs comparing the treatment of Cubans in their home country as the 'Cuban Holocaust'

WASHINGTON D.C.: A woman holds a sign calling for Biden to intervene with the military in Cuba

WASHINGTON D.C.: A woman holds a sign calling for Biden to intervene with the military in Cuba

Amanda Velazquez, a protester from Miami, told WPLG that Cubans are 'suffering through a system that completely failed them and oppressed them for 60 years.'

'With this many people get together and chant someone has to listen,' Velazquez said. 'We are trying to tell Biden we are here in your front door on our knees to help us to help our people.' 

Lillian Fonseca, a protester from Hialeah, told the outlet: 'If military won't be able to intervene because I understand that's not a possibility, at least if we can give them free WIFI.'

In the wake of the protests, the Cuban government had cut off internet access on on Sunday. Internet connectivity was restored on Wednesday though access to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter remained blocked on cellular networks.

On Friday, some of the protesters who boarded the six tour buses for the 15-hour drive to Washington carried signs with the faces of people missing amid the protests in Cuba.

Gabriela Lastra, 21, cried as she told the Miami Herald on Friday before boarding for Washington: 'No one else is going to help us, unless we make them help us.'

'My mother's been crying for a week every time she watches the news, but she couldn't be here because I have a little sister,' Lastra said. 

'If I can make even one person aware, I would be satisfied.'

HAVANA: The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel waves a Cuban flag during an event in support for the revolution on Saturday

HAVANA: The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel waves a Cuban flag during an event in support for the revolution on Saturday

HAVANA: The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, participates in an act of support for the revolution, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday

HAVANA: He was joined by former President Raul Castro, right, as they waved Cuban flags

HAVANA: The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, participates in an act of support for the revolution, in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday. He was joined by former President Raul Castro, right, as they waved Cuban flags

HAVANA: The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, and Raul Castro, center, stand together as thousands of people gather in Havana in an act of support for the revolution organized by the Cuban government

HAVANA: The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, left, and Raul Castro, center, stand together as thousands of people gather in Havana in an act of support for the revolution organized by the Cuban government

HAVANA: Raul Castro, right, greets Cuba's President Miguel Diaz Canel, during a cultural-political event on the seaside Malecon Avenue

HAVANA: Raul Castro, right, greets Cuba's President Miguel Diaz Canel, during a cultural-political event on the seaside Malecon Avenue

HAVANA: A woman holds a portrait of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A woman holds a portrait of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: People carry images of Cuba's former President and First Secretary of the Communist Party Raul Castro during a rally in Havana, Cuba on Saturday

HAVANA: People carry images of Cuba's former President and First Secretary of the Communist Party Raul Castro during a rally in Havana, Cuba on Saturday

HAVANA: Cubans participate in a rally to support the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: Cubans participate in a rally to support the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A woman holds a portrait of former President Raul Castro during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A woman holds a portrait of former President Raul Castro during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A man is arrested during an event in support for the revolution in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A man is arrested during an event in support for the revolution in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A man is arrested during an event in support for the Cuban government in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A man is arrested during an event in support for the Cuban government in Havana on Saturday

HAVANA: A man is arrested during an event in support for the Cuban government in Havana

HAVANA: A man is arrested during an event in support for the Cuban government in Havana

HAVANA: People were seen choking the man who was arrested during the event in Havana

HAVANA: People were seen choking the man who was arrested during the event in Havana

Cuban political prisoners including Jorge Luis García Pérez spoke to the crowds as they prepared to travel to Washington, according

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