AOC: Cuba Protests Due to 'Absurdly Cruel' Trump-Era Restrictions
'We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering'
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) seemingly tried to shift the blame away from Cuba's oppressive communist regime onto the “Trump-era restrictions” for the recent uprising in the country.
AOC's first official statement regarding the protests in Cuba said she supports the protesters but ignored the real reason behind the massive unrest.
We stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and condemn the suppression of the media, speech and protest.— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 16, 2021
We also call for an end to the U.S. embargo and additional Trump-era restrictions that are profoundly contributing to the suffering of Cubans. pic.twitter.com/Fw6Quv5TAN
In a Twitter statement, she shifted the blame, saying that the repressive Havana regime was not the sole reason for the protests.
"We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo. Last month, once again, the U.N. voted overwhelmingly to call on the United States to lift its embargo on Cuba.
"The embargo is absurdly cruel, and, like too many other U.S. policies targeting Latin Americans, the cruelty is the point."
"I outright reject the Biden administration’s defense of the embargo. It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as a point of leverage against everyday people."
BLM's remarks were blasted by many across social media, and the fact many Cuban protesters waved American flags as a symbol of freedom from communism was another reason their claims were false.
BLM claimed the instability of Cuba was caused by U.S. embargoes, which they say caused “pain and suffering."
The far-left group's statement said in part:
"Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine, and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.”
“Without that money, it is harder for Cuba to acquire medical equipment needed to develop its own COVID-19 vaccines and equipment for food production."
Conservative media strategist Giancarlo Sopo wrote in repose to the statement:
"Disgusting! Despite the Cuban dictatorship’s murdering and beating of protestors (many of them Black), BLM’s statement on Cuba….condemns the US, praises the Castro regime, and makes no mention of the atrocities being committed by the dictatorship."
Disgusting! Despite the Cuban dictatorship’s murdering and beating of protestors (many of them Black), BLM’s statement on Cuba….condemns the US, praises the Castro regime, and makes no mention of the atrocities being committed by the dictatorship. #SOSCuba #PatriaYVida https://t.co/a9k64eYCcQ— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) July 15, 2021
Meanwhile, online posts surfaced revealing BLM's history of praising Cuba's communist dictatorship.
The Marxist group celebrated Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's life following his death in 2016.
"We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro," the post from the far-left organization stated.
"There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety."