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One Month Ago Cuba Changed Forever, But Now What? - Sen. Marco Rubio


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It was only a month ago when the long-oppressed Cuban people rose up in a historic challenge to the island’s brutal regime. The world saw vivid images of Cubans taking to the streets to call for an end to the dictatorship. And thanks to social media, the world actually witnessed the regime’s savage crackdown and the courage of the Cuban people. Then, a week later, everything went dark and the world moved on.

What happened?


The Castro-Díaz-Canel regime cut off Internet access, jailed hundreds of protestors, sent their infamous secret police after others, and withheld food, medical care and other essentials from the very people they are supposed to protect. When there was no outcry from the international community, the regime knew it had a free hand to continue its decades of abuse.

From the moment spontaneous protests broke out on July 11, President Biden’s pro-engagement advisers waffled between silence and confused messaging before moving on to symbolic sanctions and outright sympathy for the brutal regime. The international community acted no better, simply turning a blind eye.

But here is what the Biden administration, the international elites, and the Cuban dictators do not understand: There is no going back to the pre-July 11 status quo.:snip:

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Silenced! What’s Happening Now in Cuba? - John Stossel

Are they still protesting in Cuba?

I don’t know.

The Cuban government has shut off the Cuban people’s internet.

The big demonstrations began four weeks ago, sparked, curiously, by a rap song. The key lyric is: “Freedom! No more Doctrine!”


“Doctrine” refers to the “constant cycle of propaganda” from the government, explains Cuban emigre Alian Collazo in my newest video.

Sadly, silly TV reporters in America claimed the protests were about “hunger, pandemic restrictions and the lack of COVID vaccinations,” or, according to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “food and fuel shortages.”

“Nonsense!” says Collazo. The cause is clear. “The protesters were yelling, ‘Down with communism!’ and ‘Libertad! Liberty!'”

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed: “They are protesting the lack of materials during the pandemic, particularly the lack of medical supplies.”

Collazo is bewildered.

“She speaks Spanish! Can she not listen to what the Cuban people are saying? ‘Libertad’ means ‘freedom’!”

It’s true that Cubans want food, she says, “but if you don’t have liberty, you don’t have food.”:snip:

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