March 29, 2010 by Tim Saunders
Gloria Estefan led a massive march that attracted thousands of
demonstrators in Miami last week, and drew support from Shakira and Juanes.
"Today I join the call to action by Gloria Estefan to support the Ladies
In White, who are true heroines of our time, exemplars of female courage
and victims of the repression and violation of human rights in Cuba,"
Shakira wrote on her website. "I hope that this rising up for the
freedom of all political prisoners and respect for human rights will
reach the very heart of all the tyrants and that above all, plants seeds
of liberty in all the young people of the world, because it is us who
justice depends on."
Estefan led the march to support Las Damas de Blanco – Ladies in White –
a campaign group made up of women whose husbands and sons were jailed
for opposing the regime of former president Fidel Castro.
"Thank you Miami," Estefan told the crowd. "We are a people united by
our love for freedom. We are here with all our different flags. That is
what this great country allows us to do.""