Thousands of Cubans took the streets on Sunday in Havana to conduct anti-government protests, calling for the disbanding of the nation’s communist regime.
However, many of the US’ outspoken, so-called “Democratic Socialists” have a foot in their mouths as they continue to refuse to acknowledge the historic events taking place on the island just off from Florida.
Fox News stated that they had e-mailed Democrat Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib, as well as Senator Bernie Sanders, but they have yet to receive a response.
As of Monday morning, the quartet has failed to acknowledge the liberty protests in Cuba on social media.
Why the protests?
Thousands of angry Cubans descended onto Havana’s Malecon promenade and elsewhere throughout the city to protest against vast food shortages, high prices, and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in what may turn out to be the biggest anti-government demonstration in the history of the country.
Cuban Police trailed behind the large crowds as protesters chanted slogans such as “Freedom,” “Enough” and “Unite.”
However, Cuban President and Communist Party leader Miguel Diaz-Canel has called on the nation’s “revolutionaries and communists” to counter the “demonstrations and provocations,” as well as making a call for them to “battle in the streets.”
The Biden Administration is yet to provide an official statement on the protests in Cuba, and they have come under heavy criticism for failing to create a concrete stance on the issue, a recurring theme in the past 5-and-a-half-months.
However, the State Department did post a tweet claiming that the protests were solely due to rising Covid cases and deaths, not the declining economic situation or the communist restrictions placed on the people of Cuba.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio put the heat on the State Department for this tweet, stating that the people of Cuba were protesting “62 years of socialism, lies, tyranny, and misery,” not rising Covid cases.
The White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, took to social media to confirm that the US will support Cubans in their fight for freedom and assembly, as well as condemning any violence that would occur at the demonstrations.
Despite some messages coming from the White House, the so-called “Squad” are still yet to make comment, yet defenders of the Democrat Representatives will claim that they are being silent as the protests have only just begun so there are many unknown variables.
Yet, on the other side, this can be countered by stating that they all commented almost immediately on the outbreak of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
More Republicans have taken to social media to express their support for the people of Cuba.
Republican and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the son of a Cuban immigrant, expressed his support via video on Sunday, claiming that the communist regime in the country will soon be “consigned to the dustbin of history.”
He further stated that all Americans need to stand with the people of Cuba in their fight for freedom and liberty.