9:48 PM PDT, March 28, 2010
ECHO PARK- Actor Andy Garcia led a march with hundreds of people to show
solidarity and support of Cuba's political prisoners.
The march in Los Angeles was one of many around the country to
commemorate the seventh anniversary of "Black Spring," the Cuban
government's imprisonment of 75 human rights advocates and independent
Los Angeles area Cubans and student group " Raices de Esperanza" were
encouraged to where white clothing in the march to support the "Damas de
Blanco" (Ladies in White) who have protested in silence since 2003 in
Havana, Cuba for the release of 75 Cuban dissidents.
Garcia called for democracy in Cuba, and called attention to human
rights. "[Human rights have] been ignored for 50 years. The Castro
brothers have been in control of the information, but with technology,
blogs, and Tweets they have lost control and people are now in the
streets," the actor told the crowd.
Also attending were comedian George Lopez and blogger Perez Hilton.
Singer Gloria Estefan led one of the rallies in Miami's Little Havana on