Ocasio-Cortez Defends Cuban Protests While Calling Out U.S. Embargo

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is breaking her silence about the crisis in Cuba, calling on the U.S. to lift the embargo against the Communist island country. Over the last few days, Cubans have taken to the streets of Havana to protest the government and its socialist policies.

Ocasio-Cortez’s Statement

The Democrat from New York tweeted her opinion on the escalating situation Thursday evening. The statement blamed the U.S. for the Cuban suffering because of its decades of embargo policies. In addition to putting the blame on the U.S., Ocasio-Cortez only criticized the government of Cuba for its response to the protests that began last weekend.

Ocasio-Cortez praised the Cubans for rising up and fighting for their rights, saying that she stood in solidarity with them while also condemning the actions of Cuban President Diaz-Canel. She also made it a point to condemn the Cuban government for suppressing the media and turning off internet access for citizens as a result of the protests.

Criticizing the Embargo

The often-embattled representative did not mince words when she called on the U.S. to lift the embargo on Cuba. She even pointed out that the UN has also encouraged the U.S. to lift the restrictions. Ocasio-Cortez called the embargo “absurdly cruel” while explicitly rejecting the decision of President Joe Biden to continue to defend the policy.

Rubio’s Response

Sen. Marco Rubio responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s statement, defending the U.S. policy for Cuba. The Republican from Florida pointed out that the U.S. is the largest provider of food to the country each year. He also listed stats detailing how much aid the U.S. provides to Cuba for medicine and other essentials.