Citizens of Cuba Rise up against Communist Regime, Demand End to Dictatorship
Thousands of protesters flood streets to call for freedom from communism
The people of Cuba have been flooding the streets in their thousands to demand an end to the country's dictatorship and freedom from communism.
Mass protests have been erupting in major cities across Cuba as citizens fight to be free from their tyrannical communist government.
The uprising has been triggered by the poor state of the socialized medical system leading to vaccine shortages and other healthcare crises.
Spontaneous street protests are breaking out across the country right now as Cubans send a warning to the communist regime with chants of "No Tenemos Miedo" (We Are Not Afraid).
The Cuban government has responded by attempted silence the protesters and prevent word of the uprising from spreading.
The Castro dictatorship has reportedly shut off the internet on the island to limit communications and block social media.
U.S. lawmakers have been declaring their solidarity with the Cuban people and pledged support for their push for freedom.
After decades of suffering through a communist dictatorship, the Cuban people deserve liberty.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 11, 2021
I am proud to stand in solidarity with the people of Cuba who are calling out for freedom. pic.twitter.com/XNmm6GfHQx
America stands with the people of Cuba as they fight for their freedom from a tyrannical government.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 11, 2021
Socialism has failed everywhere it’s been tried. We can’t let America become another failed socialist experiment. 🇺🇸 #SOSCuba #FreedomOverSocialism https://t.co/lnWfsoc4N9
We stand united with the Cuban people on the island and across our community at this historic moment in the struggle for freedom, dignity, and basic human rights – may their courageous actions bring about real change and move us closer to the dream of a free Cuba. #SOSCuba https://t.co/1YzrPd8UDF— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) July 11, 2021
Spontaneous street protests breaking out in several cities in #Cuba right now with chants of #NoTenemosMiedo (We Are Not Afraid)— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
Frustration with the dictatorships incompetence,greed & repression is mounting rapidly pic.twitter.com/eSAr8Xrxpf
U.S. officials on both sides of the political aisle issued statements on social media expressing their support of the demonstrations and expressed solidarity with the people of Cuba.
They also shared footage, where protestors can be heard chanting "we are not afraid."
🚨 #HAPPENINGNOW— María Elvira Salazar 🇺🇸 (@MaElviraSalazar) July 11, 2021
Tens of thousands of people in #Cuba are protesting at this very moment.
The regime is shutting off the internet on the island. The Castro dictatorship doesn’t want the world to see what’s happening.
Please SHARE & stand with these freedom fighters! #SOSCuba pic.twitter.com/qdKupC9r1N
According to Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, Cuba's regime is shutting off the internet on the island.
"The Castro dictatorship doesn’t want the world to see what’s happening," Salazar wrote.
"Please SHARE & stand with these freedom fighters!"
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called out the mainstream media for refusing to provide extensive coverage on the unrest in Cuba.
"Attention US media … in #Cuba they are rising up because socialism is (always a) disaster," Rubio tweeted.
"Are you going to report on this so the world can hear their voices?"
Rubio then urged Democrat Joe Biden and Secretary Anthony Blinken to call on members of the Cuban military to not fire on their own people.
Expect the regime in #Cuba to block internet & cell phone service soon to prevent videos about what is happening to get out to the world.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
"The incompetent communist party of #Cuba cannot feed or protest the people from the virus," Rubio wrote.
"Now those in the military must defend the people not the communist party."
Rubio also slammed Twitter for suggesting that the mass protests were about raising COVID "awareness" in the country.
"(Twitter) Ignores (that) this is really about how socialism is a disaster & always leads to tyranny, despair & suffering," Rubio wrote, sharing a screenshot of "#SOSCuba" trending on Twitter.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted that the "Communist Cuban regime will be consigned to the dustbin of history.
"It has brutalized & denied freedom to generations of Cubans, and forced my family & so many others to flee.
"The American people stand squarely with the men & women of Cuba and their noble fight for liberty."
The Communist Cuban regime will be consigned to the dustbin of history. It has brutalized & denied freedom to generations of Cubans, and forced my family & so many others to flee.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 11, 2021
The American people stand squarely with the men & women of Cuba and their noble fight for liberty. https://t.co/09hdGQVJLh
Florida U.S. Reps. Carlos A. Gimenez, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Maria Elvira Salazar issued a joint statement in support of the protests in Cuba.
"Now more than ever, the United States and the international community must support the Cuban people in their struggle for freedom," the statement said.
"The humanitarian crisis Cuba faces right now is yet another symptom of the incompetence and absolute cruelty of the Cuban tyranny.
"We know what freedom means for the Cuban people, and now, while the regime uses savage violence against the people peacefully demonstrating in the streets, the world has the obligation to stand with the brave Cuban people."
#AHORA Así se mantienen las protestas frente a la embajada de Cuba en Argentina donde piden la libertad para su país. Rechazan también el “comunismo en Venezuela y Argentina”, afirman pic.twitter.com/WE3sG6ullQ— Carlos Iván Suárez (@carlosi_suarez) July 11, 2021
Meanwhile, demonstrations of solidarity with the Cuban protesters broke out a Cuban embassy in Argentina, and in Miami, where there is a sizable population of Cuban immigrants and descendants.
The area between S.W. 32-37 Avenue on 8th Street is being secured by @MiamiPD in support of a demonstration and to ensure the safety of all participants. Please avoid the area and definitely as we continue monitoring. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/jUt4wjQ8KE— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) July 11, 2021
Gelet Fragela, who runs the Miami-based Cuban news outlet ADN Cuba, told Fox News that the country has been clamping down on its media – including for ADN – for months leading up to the protests.
"Cuba, just like the Soviet Union, is an organized totalitarian regime that creates a false reality and sends that to the world," Fragela said.
She said that Cuba has sent around 30,000 of its own doctors around the world while neglecting the medical care needs of its own people at home.
"I wouldn't say this is a protest because of the lack of COVID vaccines, I think this is a protest for the people of Cuba asking for the regime to end once and for all after more than 60 years of repression," Fragela said.