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Spontaneous protests occurred all over Cuba on Sunday protesting the Communist dictatorship that has squashed freedoms for over half a century.
The Corporate Media has decided to frame this as anger over the handling of the pandemic.
Chanting “freedom” and calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down, thousands of Cubans joined street protests from Havana to Santiago on Sunday in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.
The protests erupted amid Cuba’s worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union, its old ally, and a record surge in coronavirus infections, with people voicing anger over shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties and the authorities’ handling of the pandemic.
Thousands took to the streets in various parts of Havana including the historic centre, their shouts of “Diaz-Canel step down” drowning out groups of government supporters waving the Cuban flag and chanting “Fidel.”
While inadequate healthcare and shortages are a bigger problem during a pandemic, and may have been the catalyst for the protests, it’s pretty clear that the Cuban people have had it with the Communist dictatorship.
From the Malecón, Havana’s famous seawall near the old city, to small towns in Artemisa province and Palma Soriano, the second-largest city in Santiago de Cuba province, videos live-streamed on Facebook showed thousands of people walking and riding bikes and motorcycles along streets while chanting “Freedom!” “Down with Communism!” and “Patria y Vida” — Homeland and Life — which has become a battle cry among activists after a viral music video turned the revolutionary slogan “Homeland or Death” on its head.
“We are not afraid!” chanted Samantha Regalado while she recorded hundreds of people walking along a narrow street in Palma Soriano.
Source: Miami Herald
Videos of the protests from all over the country were shared widely on social media.
JUST IN – Mass protests erupt in several cities in #Cuba over the poor state of the socialized medical system. Protesters demand freedom from communist dictatorship.pic.twitter.com/NOSdVgP0By
— Disclose.tv ? (@disclosetv) July 11, 2021
I have lived in Cuba for nine years and the scenes we saw today were stunning. The protests spread more quickly than anyone could have imagined. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but the level of discontent and anger isn’t going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/K8LZyuBY1R
— Patrick Oppmann CNN (@CNN_Oppmann) July 12, 2021
Spontaneous street protests breaking out in several cities in #Cuba right now with chants of #NoTenemosMiedo (We Are Not Afraid)
Frustration with the dictatorships incompetence,greed & repression is mounting rapidly pic.twitter.com/eSAr8Xrxpf
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
We have NEVER seen a day like today in #Cuba
62 years of misery, repression & lies boiling over into organic, grassroots protests in over 32 cities #SOSCuba #PatriaYVida pic.twitter.com/U5L5Zzb5mg
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2021
And, just like the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there it was in the crowd, the ultimate symbol of freedom… the American Flag.
Cubans waving American flags. This is what our nation represents to the world. It is beautiful. Biden now is the time to help the Cuban people. #Cuba. @MarcoRubio @TedCruz. pic.twitter.com/9CpZbaMJbT
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) July 11, 2021
The streets of Cuba understand this is a symbol of freedom. ?? pic.twitter.com/RkGtcMnLB3
— Will Cain (@willcain) July 11, 2021
That must be triggering to the folks over at the New York Times who were very busy bashing the flag on Independence Day.
Somebody should really check on NYTimes Editorial Board member Mara Gay and see if she’s okay — she had been very upset to see American flags on pickup trucks in New York shortly after Memorial Day.
If the image of Old Glory being waved in the crowd wasn’t enough, the New York Times said that they were also “shouting ‘freedom’ and other anti-government slogans.” (Screenshot since they may be shamed into deleting it, but the link to the tweet can be found here.)
Good to know where the New York Times stands on how they view freedom.
This awful tweet was noticed by Senator Ted Cruz, who has a thought or two on Communism in Cuba since his family fled the island to find freedom in the United States.
I love how the NYT acknowledges that “freedom” is an “anti-government slogan.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2021
You’d think that the subscribership boon that they received after their fact-averse Russiagate reportage and the stealth-edited 1619 Project would allow them to hire someone who can write their tweets properly. Ah, well, at least it’s good for a laugh.
Speaking of a good laugh… here’s what a State Department official tweeted out about the protests. (It’s a screenshot for posterity, but the link to the tweet can be found here.)
Well, it would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
Many conservatives (rightfully) “pounced” and mocked the tweet. This comment by Candace Owens sums up the criticism well.
They are really doing it, guys.
Joe Biden’s filthy administration— which is working with China to bring communism to America—is pretending the eruption in Cuba is over Covid-19 and not over the EVIL communist regime.
Do not forget this moment.
Call these dogs out. #SOSCuba https://t.co/1hHb3wp0eB
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) July 12, 2021
Ron Coleman, a conservative lawyer and podcaster, had the perfect response.
I’ll never forget those protests against the German Measles pic.twitter.com/tRDUHJMQm5
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) July 12, 2021
While the American Corporate Media tries framing this as just another anti-lockdown protest like all the others that happened all over the world, the Communist government has cracked down and protesters have been arrested. According to the Washington Post, at least 20 people have been arrested so far.
José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division, said his group had received reports that at least 20 people had been arrested. He added that the organization had received reports of violence being used by Cuban forces, a claim echoed by social media users sharing videos of wounded protesters.
A video of Cuban police throwing rocks at anti-government protesters was circulating on Twitter.
Cuban police and members of the island’s elite security force can be seen in this video attacking unarmed protestors with rocks. #PatriaYVida
— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) July 12, 2021
Still, there’s hope. In Santiago, police were seen joining protesters rather than attacking them.
The police in Santiago de Cuba join in the protests. See video. We have never seen that happen before. #SOSCuba #VivaCubaLibre pic.twitter.com/bzDEGl9wk9
— Jose Felix Diaz (@josefelixdiaz) July 11, 2021
There’s a whole lot of support for the protests in Miami.
Cuban Americans in Miami supporting the people of Cuba as they protest in their country. @nbc6 #SOSCuba pic.twitter.com/ReAZauR8lH
— Jackie Nespral (@JackieNBC6) July 12, 2021
While so many others — including U.S. lawmakers have spoken out about the protests, one has remained conspicuously silent. That would be former Fidel fanboy, Senator Bernie Sanders.
As thousands of protesters took to the streets of Cuba Sunday evening calling for an end to the country’s communist regime, U.S. lawmakers are speaking out on social media in solidarity with the demonstrations.
However, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has previously defended some of the policies of Cuba’s previous communist dictator Fidel Castro, has not yet issued a statement…
…Following his win during Nevada’s caucus in the 2020 Democratic primaries, Sanders was asked by Anderson Cooper during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” why the Cuban people didn’t rise up and help the U.S. overthrow the Castro regime. Sanders replied that the dictator “educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed the society.”
“We’re very very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders explained. “You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”
Source: Fox News
Remind me, what party is it that is celebrating the jailing of citizens for months for minor, non-violent charges the same way that Cuba would?
Oh, right. It’s the one that Senator Sanders wanted to lead.