Protesters at Carnival Cruise Lines Over Cuban Ban

Demonstrators converged outside the Carnival Cruise Lines headquarters in Doral Tuesday to protest over Cuba's rule banning Cuban-born people from returning to the Communist island by boat.

The Democracy Movement organized the protest, calling the Cuban law discriminatory and calling out Carnival for abiding by the law.

The group says they have presented their case to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Carnival issued a statement over the issue last week.

"Cuba has a longstanding regulation that no Cuban-born individuals are allowed to travel from the U.S. to Cuba by ship. This regulation applies to all cruise lines, ferries and any form of shipping planning to travel to Cuba," the statement read, in part. "We understand and empathize with the concerns being voiced and will continue to work the issue with Cuban officials. It is our hope and intention that we will be able to travel with everyone."

The Carnival Fathom brand will start operating the first cruises from Miami to Cuba on May 1, 2016.

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