(TargetLiberty.org) – The State Department is in hot water after trying to downplay the significance of protests in one of the last surviving Communist dictatorships. Demonstrations erupted across Cuba on Sunday, with thousands of Cubans calling for the end of the oppressive regime that’s been ruining their lives since 1959. The State Department’s response was to dismiss it as just a protest against the rising number of COVID cases and deaths.
On July 11, protests broke out in Havana and several other Cuban cities; thousands of marchers confronted police and special forces units in the streets. The COVID pandemic has hit Cuba hard, overloading its inefficient socialized healthcare system, and that – on top of food shortages, rising inflation and lack of basic freedoms – has finally pushed many Cubans too far. Clueless State Department spokeswoman Julie Chung tweeted that the protests were against rising COVID case rates, but this is only part of the story. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called out Chung’s comment, calling it “ridiculous.”
This is a ridiculous tweet from @StateDept
People in #Cuba are protesting 62 years of socialism, lies,tyranny & misery not “expressing concern about rising COVID cases/deaths”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2021
Streets in Havana were blocked for hours as protesters shouted: “Down with the dictatorship” and other pro-freedom slogans. As the news got out, crowds gathered in Miami, FL in support of the Cuban people. Many US politicians have issued statements of support, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) called on the Biden administration to send American troops to the island to end the Communist tyranny that’s ruled it for 62 years.
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