A large-scale rally gathered in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday to declare support for protesters in Cuba against the country’s communist dictatorship, but also to demand that the US government under Democrat Joe Biden does a lot more in that regard than just make declarations on Twitter.
For the first time in several decades, tens of thousands of Cubans protested in the street of the country’s capital Havana on Sunday over the exacerbating economic situation under the communist regime.
This led Cuba’s president to urge pro-regime citizens to counter the demonstrators, and to blame the situation on the country’s “strangling” by the United States.
The latter was an apparent reference to sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, which have also won Donald Trump massive support among Cuban Americans in the 2020 election.
A number of rallies have broken out across Florida in solidarity with the protesters in Havana.
The rally in Tampa in particular has even led to a total of three arrests, after the demonstrators blocked the Dale Mabry Highway, and managed to partly close Interstate 275.
According to local media reports, all three men face charges of resisting arrest, while two of them are also accused of battery on an officer.
“Where is Biden?”
The protesters chanted “Cuba Libre!” (“Free Cuba!”) and “Where is Biden?” in a painful call to action.
The Biden administration has already declared that it stands by the people of Cuba in their quest for freedom and basic human rights.
Biden himself described the unprecedented protests in Havana as a “clarion call for freedom”, while his Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, also made comments to that end on Twitter.
He tweeted that the US supports the Cuban people’s struggle for freedom and human rights.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki declared in turn that the administration was pondering over ways how to help the people of Cuba “directly.”
According to Republican Senator of Florida, Marco Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, the Biden administration should give the island satellite Internet access, unconditionally keep in place the policies towards Cuba of the Trump administration, and also impose new sanctions on the communist regime in Havana.
Some Democrats in South Florida have called upon Biden to come to Miami to deliver a strong message of support for the Cuban protesters.
Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo, a Democrat, told The Miami Herald, that Biden should give a speech of “Tear Down This Wall”-type, the famous speech delivered by President Ronald Reagan in Berlin at the end of the Cold War.