- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - With political uprisings in Venezuela and the Ukraine, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is urging the world not to forget the Cuban people’s struggles. The son of Cuban immigrants on Saturday helped thousands of Cuban exiles and Cuban-Americans in Miami inaugurate a monument dedicated to those who died in opposition to Cuba’s communist government.

The Tamiami Park monument includes a giant column covered with the Cuban flag. The names of those killed fighting against Fidel Castro’s government or trying to leave the island cover five surrounding panels.

Rubio said the monument would help teach future generations about Cuban history long after Castro is gone.

Rubio also recently spoke against Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro, whose government is a close Cuban ally. Maduro responded last week, calling Rubio crazy on Venezuelan TV.

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