“We said, ‘We have to stop, and we have to stop on the Palmetto. This is where we are going to get people’s attention, ”said one protester.
“They are Cuban Americans. They are Cubans. People are suffering on the island. They are dying, and it’s not because of COVID. They die because they kill them, and for the first time in 60 years, the island has turned upside down. They said Camaguey was taken by the Cuban people.
On April 29, 2021, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis enacted a “riot” bill following the civil unrest that took place with George Floyd in 2020. The bill states that protesters could be arrested if a rally could be considered. riot. In addition, considers blocking a freeway a crime and grants full immunity to people crossing demonstrators who block a roadway.
DeSantis received a considerable amount of reluctance from Democrats who felt the bill was unfair and disproportionately targets black and brown communities.
Upon signing the bill, DeSantis said the bill was necessary to protect Florida residents on the road.
“Think about it: you drive home from work and all of a sudden you have people closing a freeway. We’ve worked hard to make sure this doesn’t happen in Florida, ”DeSantis said. They are starting to do this, we need quick sanctions. “
Additionally, the bill protects monuments from demolition in Florida by protesters.
“We’ve also seen people all over the country knock down monuments of people like George Washington,” DeSantis said. “This bill protects all monuments in Florida. You are not allowed to go in and demolish monuments, we are not going to let the crowds take you away with this. “
During the protests, no arrests were made and the Miami-Dade Police Department redirected traffic to the protesters. This sparked a firestorm over Twitter regarding the treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters. The Miami-Dade Police Department also released a statement via Twitter regarding protests.
“The safety of our community and the protection of those who assemble peacefully is our top priority. We welcome those who wish to demonstrate peacefully; however, obstruction of roads is unacceptable and illegal. The agents apply the highway code to ensure the flow of traffic. “