Massive protests erupted on Sunday in Cuba as citizens of the island nation demanded an end to the communist dictatorship as they suffer in poverty while having limited freedom.
“In a country known for repressive crackdowns on dissent, the rallies were widely viewed as astonishing,” The New York Times reported. “Activists and analysts called it the first time that so many people had openly protested against the Communist government since the so-called Maleconazo uprising, which exploded in the summer of 1994 into a huge wave of Cubans leaving the country by sea.”
The report noted that numerous videos that were posted online that showed the protests had “suddenly disappeared.”
“The people are dying of hunger!” one woman shouted during a protest highlighted by The Times, “Our children are dying of hunger!” Other chants included “We want freedom” and “We want vaccines.”
“Never seen images from #Havana,” Alexandre Krauss, Senior Advisor EU Parliament, tweeted. “Thousands are mobilizing across #Cuba demanding the end of the communist dictatorship while screaming ‘we are not afraid…we are not afraid.’”
Cubans have long been oppressed by a violent communist government which has destroyed the once thriving country, and now residents of the Caribbean nation are fighting for their freedom.
“We are fed up with the queues, the shortage,” one protester told the AP. “That’s why I’m here.”
Florida Republicans were among the most vocal proponents of the freedom protests that erupted in Cuba over the weekend.
“Florida supports the people of Cuba as they take to the streets against the tyrannical regime in Havana,” Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
“The Cuban dictatorship has repressed the people of Cuba for decades & is now trying to silence those who have the courage to speak out against its disastrous policies.”
“For over 6 decades, the despotic Castro regime in Cuba has deprived its people of life and economic liberty,” Florida Republican Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez said.
“The images we are seeing from across the island are an outcry as shortages of basic necessities have become commonplace. As a Cuban-American, I stand in solidarity with the freedom-seeking people of Cuba calling for the end of the communist dictatorship. The Castro’s continued repression won’t keep the Cuban people from peacefully demanding their God-given rights. As Cubans risk everything in protest, Florida will continue to support out Cuban brothers and sisters who are fighting for freedom, democracy, and human rights.”
“I am asking @POTUS @SecBlinken to call on members of the Cuban military to not fire on their own people,” Sen. Marco Rubio wrote on Twitter. “The incompetent communist party of #Cuba cannot feed or protect the people from the virus. Now those in the military must defend the people not the communist party.”
Miami’s Republican Mayor Francis Suarez wrote on Twitter: “The Cuban regime’s military police are shooting at unarmed Cuban protestors fighting for freedom. 60 years of communism, cruelty, & oppression cannot last any longer! We are imploring the USA to take action as we peacefully demonstrate on the streets of Miami.”
Sen. Rick Scott called on the Biden admin to “quickly denounce any detention or violence toward peaceful protestors in Cuba.”
Scott added that, “America & every freedom-loving nation must fully support the brave Cuban people in their calls for liberty & human dignity. The world is watching.”
Unfortunately, the American left-wing politicians have remained silent so as not criticize the very government they are hoping to achieve here in the U.S.
Notable far-left figures like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – normally very vocal on humanitarian issues – did not say a word about what’s taking place in Cuba.
The reason for that may be due to the fact that Sanders has praised the communist government that brought Cuba to its knees. Sanders once said he was “excited to watch” Dictator Fidel Castro (now deceased) and even celebrated the murderous dictator’s “value systems.”
Sanders, in the past, also mocked reports of human rights abuses by the Cuban government – claiming that they were “lies” manufactured by the Republican party.
Author: Tony Citka