A group of demonstrators all wearing the Cuban flag staged a demonstration in front of the White House this past Saturday. In the event, the small group of demonstrators coated themselves in fake blood as they seemed to urge Old Uncle Joe to action and aid Cubans during this time of turmoil going on inside the communist country.
A small group of five people, three adults along with two children dressed in “Young Pioneer” school uniforms joined the rest of the larger group of protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue, laying out on the sidewalk around the front of the White House. Other groups of protesters began chanting “Freedom for Cuba” while carrying signs, such as one that stated “You’re sitting by while we die,” and another one that stated, “Cuba’s blood is on your hands.” Yet another one stated, “Biden, history will remember how you turn your back to Cuba & all the Cubans who voted for you.”
A huge series of demonstrations sparked off this past week in Cuba as the countries citizens of the island nation issued a demand for the end to the communist dictatorship, which has seen the country decline into harsh poverty. The Cuban people took to their streets in an extremely rare series of demonstrations looking to protest the horrid conditions of the island and their complete lack of freedom while being choked out under the dictatorial regime.
“In a country known for repressive crackdowns on dissent, the rallies were widely viewed as astonishing,” reported The New York Times. “Activists and analysts called it the first time that so many people had openly protested against the Communist government since the so-called Maleconazo uprising, which exploded in the summer of 1994 into a huge wave of Cubans leaving the country by sea.”
“The people are dying of hunger!” shouted one female protester during the demonstrations, as reported by the Times. “Our children are dying of hunger!” Other chants included “We want freedom” and “We want vaccines.”
Despite all of this, Uncle Joe and his entire administration have been slower than molasses in their response. At first, Julie Chung, who is currently the acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, issued claims that the demonstrations were sparked by concern over COVID-19. “Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages,” Chung stated in a tweet. “We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.”
This sparked harsh criticism almost immediately blasting the claim. “The Cuban people have been denied the right to ‘peaceful assembly’ for over 60 years,” tweeted out conservative activist Heydi Geroy. “This is so disrespectful in so many levels to the thousands of Cubans who have faced the firing squad for just trying to peacefully protest! @WHAAsstSecty have you been living under a rock?!”
Uncle Joe’s then Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a warning to Cubans who attempted to flee to the U.S. that they will not be allowed into the country.
A Cuban, Mayorkas stated that Uncle Joe’s administration stands “in solidarity with the Cuban people and their call for freedom from the repression and economic suffering that the Cuban’s authoritarian regime is causing.”
“The Coast Guard, along with our state, local, and federal partners, are monitoring any activity that may indicate increases in unsafe and irregular maritime migration in the Florida straits, including unpermitted vessel departures from Florida to Cuba,” stated Mayorkas. “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: if you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”