As thousands of freedom seeking Cubans take the streets to protest against their country’s oppressive communist regime, U.S. politicians from both sides of the aisle are coming out in support of the protests.
Well, most politicians.
Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep Rashida Talib have all stayed silent on the issue.
Down With The Dictatorship!
“Down with the dictatorship!” Havana protestors are heard shouting, angered by the collapse of the economy and the regime’s authoritarian response to the pandemic.
For the first time since 1994, Cubans are revolting against the communist regime which was in power since 1959.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis stated that “Florida supports the people of Cuba as they take to the streets against the tyrannical regime in Havana.”
Florida supports the people of Cuba as they take to the streets against the tyrannical regime in Havana. 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#SOSCuba pic.twitter.com/H71EYoKdUZ
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 11, 2021
Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny A. Diaz condemned the regime’s response to peaceful protests. He called the regime a “repressive tyranny,” a “failed and cruel economic and political model.”
White House officials condemned the regime’s violence, some even coming out in support of the protests. Jake Sullivan, a national security advisor to the Biden administration said “The U.S. supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba, and would strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights.”
Sanders Claimed Cuba ‘Not All Bad’
Senator Bernie Sanders, who describes himself as a “Democratic socialist” has failed to comment on the Cuban protests.
Sanders claims that he opposed “the authoritarian nature” of the Cuban regime. He does not think, however, that everything Fidel Castro, the country’s Communist dictator did was bad.
If Sanders was against socialist authoritarianism, it would make sense for him to support pro-democracy protests. But he hasn’t done so yet.
Interestingly, in 2020, Sanders mentioned “a massive literacy program” as an example of a positive policy of the island dictatorship.
Soon enough, Cubans that had to endure this “literacy program” were quick to set the record straight. According to refugees, Cuban children learned that “F” stood for Fidel and “R” for his brother Raul.