Thousands of Cuban protesters have taken to the streets demanding an end to the country’s communist dictatorship.
U.S. officials on both sides of the political aisle issued statements on social media expressing their support of the demonstrations and expressed solidarity with the people of Cuba. They also shared footage, where protestors can be heard chanting “we are not afraid.”
According to Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, Cuba’s regime is shutting off the internet on the island.
“The Castro dictatorship doesn’t want the world to see what’s happening,” Salazar wrote. “Please SHARE & stand with these freedom fighters!”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called out the mainstream media for refusing to provide extensive coverage on the unrest in Cuba.
“Attention US media … in #Cuba they are rising up because socialism is (always a) disaster,” Rubio tweeted. “Are you going to report on this so the world can hear their voices?”
Rubio then urged President Joe Biden and Secretary Anthony Blinken to call on members of the Cuban military to not fire on their own people.
“The incompetent communist party of #Cuba cannot feed or protest the people from the virus,” Rubio wrote. “Now those in the military must defend the people, not the communist party.”
Rubio also slammed Twitter for suggesting that the mass protests were about raising COVID “awareness” in the country.” “(Twitter) Ignores (that) this is really about how socialism is a disaster & always leads to tyranny, despair & suffering,” Rubio wrote, sharing a screenshot of “#SOSCuba” trending on Twitter.
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