As tensions rise in Cuba, citizens continue to take to the streets to protest against the repressive communist regime. Some of the largest anti-government protests in decades have filled the streets with people shouting "freedom" and "yes we can".
As the Cuban people march through the streets demanding freedom and an end to dictatorship, a problem arises for the American media.
In a comment, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), himself the son of Cuban immigrants, says that we in America did not understand what brought the Cuban people so far.
Socialism never works! We hope that one day the Cubans will get their freedom back. https://t.co/rgez2Tcl1n
– Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 12, 2021
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Rubio challenges Biden administrator and media
Rubio criticized President Joe Biden for staying silent all weekend and pointed to a State Department official who claimed the riots were due to "COVID cases / deaths and drug shortages".
Rubio also got out on social media for saying he is helping American news agencies by "undermining the historical nature of what is happening in Cuba". He continued, "This is not just a response to the COVID outbreak, but a clear rejection of six decades of suffering under totalitarian socialism and communism."
Rubio also urged the Biden government to develop a clear plan of action and support for the Cuban people: “The Biden government should also convene a meeting of the United Nations Security Council and work with allies in the European Union and the Organization of America States to support the Cuban people. "
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He added that the government must clearly communicate that any type of boat lift is viewed as a hostile act – to prevent a repeat of the disastrous Mariel boat lift of 1980.
Peaceful protests escalate in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern over rising COVID cases / deaths and drug shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people to raise funds to help needy neighbors.
– Julie Chung (@WHAAsstSecty) July 11, 2021
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As of Tuesday, anti-government activists have claimed that more than 100 people have been arrested or are missing.
A group called Movimiento San Isidro has released a list of people they believe have been arrested by government agencies. The government will not say how many were arrested or injured.
At the beginning of the protests on Sunday, Cuban President Diaz-Canel blamed increased US trade sanctions for much of the country's economic problems. He also ordered his supporters to confront anti-government protesters: “The order to fight has been given. Revolutionaries have to take to the streets. "
President Joe Biden has warned the Cuban government against taking action against demonstrators whom President Diaz-Canel called "criminals".
In response to the Cuban government blaming the United States, Secretary of State Tony Blinken replied: “It would be a grave mistake for the Cuban regime to interpret what is happening in dozens of cities across the island as the result or product of anything the United States has done. "
He continued, "This is what we hear and see in Cuba, and that is a reflection of the Cuban people, not the United States or any other outside actor."
Protesters in Cuba pic.twitter.com/7b5rN6b1kD
– Matt Ridley (@mattwridley) July 13, 2021
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Answer from American socialists
Since the anti-government protests erupted in Cuba, those in Congress who are self-proclaimed “democratic socialists” have been silent about what is happening there.
The only exception appears to be Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders:
All people have the right to protest and to live in a democratic society. I call on the Cuban government to respect the rights of the opposition and refrain from violence. It is also long time to end the unilateral US embargo against Cuba, which has only harmed the Cuban people, not helped.
– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 13, 2021
But, according to The Daily Caller, none of the squad members made any statements in support of the protests in Cuba.
Protests have broken out across Florida in support of anti-government protesters in Cuba demanding an end to the communist regime in Cuba.
One of those who marched on the streets of Tampa told reporters, "The longer America waits to intervene, the more people will die."
The brave Cuban people sang in front of the headquarters of the Communist Party: "Cuba is not yours!". pic.twitter.com/XDbrFEtrp4
– Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) July 13, 2021
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