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Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2010

Estefan marches for Cuban dissidents

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Gloria Estefan

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Roger Ebert

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A teary but smiling Gloria Estefan mounted the stage at the end of a march she spearheaded that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators in Miami's Little Havana to support Cuban dissidents yesterday.

"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."

Shouting "Libertad! Libertad!" the marchers had gathered in support of the Ladies in White, a group of Cuban mothers and wives of 75 dissidents arrested in a 2003 government crackdown there. Last week, as the Ladies in White marched through Havana to mark the anniversary of the arrests, pro-government groups surrounded them and Cuban state security agents put several in choke holds.

Estefan, a Cuban-born, Grammy award winning singer and songwriter, held up a photo of the Ladies in White and two gladiola stems, the same flowers the Cuban dissidents carry when marching.

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