North Bergen residents march in solidarity with protesters in Cuba

North Bergen, in solidarity with protesters in Cuba, held a march Tuesday with its mayor, board of commissioners and other county officials.

News 12 Staff

Jul 13, 2021, 11:39 AM

Updated 1,011 days ago

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North Bergen, in solidarity with protesters in Cuba, held a march Tuesday with its mayor, board of commissioners and other county officials.
The march kicked off at the corner of 79th and Bergenline at 6 p.m. Marchers made their way down Bergenline to 60th in West New York.
After years of being under a communist regime, Cubans are flooding the streets and protesting against its establishment as the economy, job market, and overall quality of life continues to deteriorate.
Sen. Bob Menendez, who is the son of Cuban immigrants, says Cubans are saying enough is enough.
"In Cuba, the regime has consistently used force to stop the peaceful protests and the number of protests not only in Cuba, but across the country, might change the course of history," he says.
His message to protesters is that he supports them and wants to see them free, while his message to the regime is to not point their weapons at their own people.
The Cuban government also shut down internet access on the island, something Menendez says is a sign of fear the government has of its people.
President Joe Biden responded to the uproar, saying in part, "We call on the government to refrain from violence and their attempts to silence the voice of the people of Cuba."
North Hudson County including North Bergen, West New York and Union City make up the largest Cuban population in the region.


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