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Cuban exiles to set off for Cuban coast, fireworks display planned for Human Rights Day
MIAMI (AP) ' A coalition of Cuban exile groups is preparing for its journey across much of the Florida Straits.
The group leaving from Key West on Friday morning plans to anchor a small flotilla a little more than 12 miles off the coast of Havana and launch fireworks to highlight the island's human rights abuses.
Cuba has called the demonstration a provocation. The exile groups say they're merely exercising their rights to freedom of expression.
State Department Spokesman William Ostick says federal authorities have met with the organizers to ensure they comply with U.S. and international laws. He says the organizers have provided assurances they will not violate Cuban territorial waters or airspace. Cuban waters stretch about 12 miles off the island.
The Coast Guard has said it will patrol the area.