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1 w"'r 26A THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 Exiles rally in Miami to protest Cuba sanctions bill State news Scientology adherents, opponents demonstrate Dueling vigils pit 1,400 supporters against 30 ex-members. The Associated Press CLEARWATER Church of Scientology critics and supporters staged opposing demonstrations at the same time a block apart the critics to remember a dead church member, the supporters to criticize city police. The activities, which began really do speak with one voice," said U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami. In a declaration read by a former political prisoner, the more than 20 groups that organized the protest explained their goals and fired off a litany of insults and accusations against Castro. Speakers criticized the latest Congressional effort to ease the Cuban embargo. "Those are communists that want to end the embargo and saying it's just food and medicine," said protester Juan Vazquez. "If they want to send food and medicine they can. There is no rule against that." The Associated Press MIAMI Thousands of Cuban exiles marched Saturday through Little Havana and rallied at a park on the banks of the Miami River to show unity and oppose a proposal to soften sanctions against the communist island. Led by mounted police and dozens of loud motorcycles, the Cubans marched through the streets waving flags and screaming chants calling for a free Cuba. Marchers were protesting a bill proposed by U.S. Sens. John Warner, R-Va., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., to exempt food and medicine from the embargo against Cuba. The street protest came nearly two Sargen was one of about two dozen women, all former political prisoners, who dressed in black and carried a large Cuban flag through the streets of Miami to the rally at the park. Some came by boat, including several from the Democracy Movement, which leads occasional protest flotillas to the edge of Cuban territorial waters. Organizers said the march and rally were to show that Cuban exiles oppose travel to Cuba, a cruise sponsored by the Catholic Church to attend a papal pilgrimage, and laws proposed to soften the U.S. embargo on Cuba. "This march is really to solidify all of our efforts and remind people that we weeks after the death of Cuban exile leader Jorge Mas Canosa, founder of the Cuban American National Foundation and one of the staunchest critics of Cuban President Fidel Castro. The march ended at Jose Marti Park, named for the Cuban poet and patriot who led Cuba in its crusade for independence from Spain. . "We are reaffirming our patriotism," said Julia Sargen. "We want to tell the world we're here, we're alive and we will keep fighting for liberty in Cuba." Friday and continued Saturday, included dueling candlelight vigils and dueling news conferences, with 1,400 church members on one side and a group of about 30 anti-Scientologists on the other. The smaller group, made up of former church members who have turned against the church, came to remember Lisa McPher-son who died Dec. 5, 1995, after a 17-day stay at the church's Fort Harrison Hotel. Medical examiner Joan Wood determined McPherson, a 36-year-old Scientologist, went without fluids for at least five to 10 days and possibly her entire stay at the hotel. Church officials disputed that, saying McPherson was well cared for by church members, suddenly fell ill on Dec. 5, 1995, and died that evening. Spokesman Brian Anderson said church members came to show their frustration with what he called a campaign of harassment by the police department. In a letter to police, he accused the department of working with protesters against the church. The hundreds of church supporters got off buses and picked up picket signs. One declared: "Sid Klein, what is your crime?" Some seemed unaware Klein was the Clearwater police chief. "I'm not from here," said one man carrying a Klein sign. 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