Photo set: Local Cubans rally to support business upset with protesters demands

Aug 3, 2020 at 6:20 pm
Fernando Martinez, a partner of the restaurant group behind La Bodeguita de Mima, spoke to the crowd on Sunday.
Fernando Martinez, a partner of the restaurant group behind La Bodeguita de Mima, spoke to the crowd on Sunday.

On Sunday, more than 30 members of Louisville’s Cuban community held a NuLu rally in support of Fernando Martinez, a local restaurant group owner embroiled in a conflict with Black Lives Matter supporters. 

Last Wednesday in a Facebook post, Martinez denounced “mafia”-like tactics from Black Lives Matter Louisville organizers, who issued a list of demands to NuLu businesses. The demands asked, among other things, for businesses to hire staff to reflect the city’s Black population and for retail shops to buy at least 23% products from Black people or make monthly donations of 1.5% of net sales to an area Black nonprofit or organization.

At the rally, Cuban American supporters gathered on the steps of Martinez’s NuLu business, La Bodequita de Mima, holding signs decrying socialism, and Martinez gave an impassioned speech about his support for diversity and distaste for Marxism, which he has accused Black Lives Matter of promoting.

“La Bodeguita is open to everybody,” said Martinez. “If you’re gay, this is your home. If you’re Black, this is your home. If you’re white, this is your home. If you are human, this is your home.”

Here are photos by LEO photographer Kathryn Harrington of the protest.

Many held signs denouncing socialism on the steps of La Bodeguita De Mima. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Many held signs denouncing socialism on the steps of La Bodeguita De Mima.
Many different signs were created for the rally on Sunday in response to a list of demands for NULU businesses by Black Lives Matter to address the gentrification in the area. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Many different signs were created for the rally on Sunday in response to a list of demands for NULU businesses by Black Lives Matter to address the gentrification in the area.
Many held signs denouncing socialism on the steps of La Bodeguita De Mima. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Many held signs denouncing socialism on the steps of La Bodeguita De Mima.
A crowd gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of La Bodeguita De Mima on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
A crowd gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of La Bodeguita De Mima on Sunday.
Fernando Martinez, a partner of the restaurant group behind La Bodeguita de Mima, spoke to the crowd on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Fernando Martinez, a partner of the restaurant group behind La Bodeguita de Mima, spoke to the crowd on Sunday.
Members of the Cuban community gathered to suppord La Bodeguita de Mima on Sunday at the rally. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Members of the Cuban community gathered to suppord La Bodeguita de Mima on Sunday at the rally.
Supporters of La Bodeguita de Mima brought signs and flags to the rally on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Supporters of La Bodeguita de Mima brought signs and flags to the rally on Sunday.
President of the Cuban American Association of Kentucky Berta Weyenberg and General of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Kentucky Ahamara Brewster embraced as Brewster spoke to the crowd at the rally on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
President of the Cuban American Association of Kentucky Berta Weyenberg and General of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Kentucky Ahamara Brewster embraced as Brewster spoke to the crowd at the rally on Sunday.
A crowd gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of La Bodeguita De Mima on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
A crowd gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of La Bodeguita De Mima on Sunday.
A crowd gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of La Bodeguita De Mima on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
A crowd gathered on the steps and sidewalk in front of La Bodeguita De Mima on Sunday.
Members of the Cuban community gathered to suppord La Bodeguita de Mima on Sunday at the rally. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Members of the Cuban community gathered to suppord La Bodeguita de Mima on Sunday at the rally.
President of the Cuban American Association of Kentucky Berta Weyenberg and General of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Kentucky Ahamara Brewster shook hands at the rally on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
President of the Cuban American Association of Kentucky Berta Weyenberg and General of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Kentucky Ahamara Brewster shook hands at the rally on Sunday.
General of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Kentucky Ahamara Brewster spoke to reporters after the rally on Sunday. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
General of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party of Kentucky Ahamara Brewster spoke to reporters after the rally on Sunday.
Luis David Fuentes with El Kentubano spoke to the crowd on Sunday outside of La Bodeguita de Mima. - KATHRYN HARRINGTON
KATHRYN HARRINGTON
Luis David Fuentes with El Kentubano spoke to the crowd on Sunday outside of La Bodeguita de Mima.