Cuban Americans held a large rally outside the White House overnight from Sunday into Monday in a noisy bid to rouse President Biden to action against the island’s Communist leaders.
Biden, who returned to the White House from his home of Delaware around 4 p.m. Sunday, might have been able to hear the ruckus from his second-floor residence.
“Libertad! Libertad!” a group of hundreds chanted after dark on Pennsylvania Avenue in a video tweeted by Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.).
The Miami Herald reported that the White House’s outdoor lights — red, white and blue to mark the Tokyo Olympics — were shut off at midnight, but that the rally continued into early Monday.
Many of the rally-goers drove to DC in caravans from Florida.
Loud protests can be unnerving to occupants of the White House. For example, an initial night of anti-police brutality protests in May 2020 after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota prompted President Donald Trump to inspect an underground bunker.
White House spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Biden could hear the protest as he tried to sleep.
First lady Jill Biden wasn’t home. She returned to the White House around 8 a.m. Monday after a trip to Japan for the Olympics.
Anti-Communist Cubans have rallied outside the White House consistently since the largest anti-government protests in a generation broke out this month.
Biden on Thursday authorized sanctions against one Cuban official and a Cuban government agency to punish a crackdown on protesters.
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