Ole’ Uncle Joe has finally put out a statement concerning the pro-democracy and anti-Communist protests that took place in Cuba on Monday morning. In these statements, he parroted statements made by the administration previously and called for the Cuban dictatorial regime to “hear their people” and “serve their needs” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Uncle JOe’s statement started by his expressing solidarity with “the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime.”
“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights,” continued Uncle Joe. “Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected.”
“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves,” concluded the president.
The ending of the statement seemed to echo comments from other members of Biden’s administration on the subject, including comments from the acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Julie Chung, who issued her comments on Twitter stating, “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. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.”
As reported by the Daily Wire, that statement, in particular, caused a flare-up of criticism from groups of Republican legislators such as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who in turn pointed out that the people protesting in the streets of Havana were not seeking more vaccines, they were demanding en masse “LIBERTAD.”
“Stop playing cover for communists and support the Cuban people. My god. Why is that so hard for you” stated Crenshaw at Chung in a tweet. “No they’re chanting LIBERTAD” he finished referencing a set of videos of the protest that were posted to social media.
In a series of statements made this past Sunday, officials in Cuba seemed to blame the unrest on the United States government. Making claims that the United States is fomenting anti-Communist sentiment among Cubans.
Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s current president, “blamed the unrest on old Cold War foe the United States … in a televised speech on Sunday afternoon. Diaz-Canel said many protesters were sincere but manipulated by U.S.-orchestrated social media campaigns and ‘mercenaries’ on the ground and warned that further ‘provocations’ would not be tolerated, calling on supporters to confront ‘provocations,'” as reported by Reuters.