Protesters Outside Marlins Park Call for Ozzie Guillen's Firing (Video)

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photo by Tim Elfrink
Inside Marlins Park, Ozzie Guillen apologized for "betraying his Hispanic community," but outside the front gates, a sizable crowd of Cuban-American protesters made it clear they were in no mood to forgive or forget his statements praising Fidel Castro.

"We never can forgive what he said," Blanco Garcia said. Click through for video of the protests organized by hardline Cuban group Vigilia Mambisa.



In all, around 150 protesters gathered outside the stadium to wave American and Cuban flags and signs. Garcia, who hosts an online radio show, says she doubts Cuban fans will ever return to the taxpayer-funded ballpark in Little Havana while Guillen is filling out the lineup cards.

"Now he says he's sorry, but it's not true," she says. "He's just afraid he'll lose money."

If Guillen expects the uproar to disappear after his presser today, the protesters outside the stadium promised he'll have no such luck. The group plans to be back outside the front gate later this week when the team returns for its first real home stand.

Politicians also figure to keep calling for Guillen's head. As protesters chanted outside the ballpark, a small plane circled the stadium with a sign reading, "Joe Martinez Apoya con la Comunidad." ("Joe Martinez Stands With the Community.")

The county commission chairman was the first politico to call for Guillen's firing, and -- surprise, surprise -- Martinez is running for mayor.

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Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 The problem with restraining speech is, who gets to set the rules? If it's only okay in a certain time or place, who gets to say what time and what place?

nanook5
nanook5

 "our foreign policy is a joke that kills and heeeeere's why!"

Spicoli barbacue
Spicoli barbacue

what a pig...put an apple in her mouth and roast her for 2 days......

Severian07
Severian07

More whining from the Cuban community. They forget they are not the only Hispanics in miami. I am of Mexican decent and I am not offended by what Ozzie said. The Cuban community should praise the accomplishments of Ozzie. One day Miami will be rid of these constant whiners who have nothing else to do but whine.

Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

Tough talk from the exile community that so bravely ran away.

Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

Tough talk from the exile community that so bravely ran away.

Fred
Fred

This is what Joe Martinez is concerned about? Count on one less vote from me! The community is not a bunch of Cuban whiners that need to get over it already. They are Cubans that have learned to move on, and the rest of us! 

Johnsmith
Johnsmith

No one is busting this lady's chops for admiring Little Weezy with the clownish mouth full of gold! WTF!? This es un free country HOKAY! 

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

This is too much fun to not watch.

blahblah29
blahblah29

Really does she think the Gold Teeth make her credible?

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Oh how fun. The cubans are bitching again...

Iknowthatfeels
Iknowthatfeels

And the Mexican community is always whining in California? Though I do think it was quite disrespectful, and I feel they are blowing it out of proportion, don't start with "more whining from the Cuban community." Everyone "whines." He has freedom of speech, they have the right to assemble. Blah blah blah..and praise the accomplishment of Ozzie? What accomplishments? The last time I checked the Marlins are still a crap  with a shiny new stadium. 

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Every Cuban American family has at least one wanna be "VICTIM" as a member 

How can those in the Cuban American community claim they support freedom of speech in Cuba when they don't support freedom of speech in the US?

Severian07
Severian07

 we never whined home girl or boy.  We had to fight for our rights in the Southwest USA.The cubans fled the struggle. Por eso tiene el nombre "Gusanos" Learn Chicano history sir/mam

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