Thousands of Protesters Take to the Streets in Cuba Over Broken Healthcare System, Demand Freedom From Communist Dictatorship (VIDEO)
By Cristina Laila
Published July 11, 2021 at 5:41pm
Didn’t Michael Moore tell us Cuba had the best healthcare system in the world?
Havana- Thousands of Cubans came out to protest the broken healthcare system and demanded freedom from the Communist dictatorship on Sunday.
This is the biggest protest in Cuba in decades.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets from Havana to Santiago on Sunday in rarely seen protests, expressing frustration over pandemic restrictions, the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and what they said was government neglect.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who also heads the Communist Party, blamed the United States for the unrest in a nationally televised speech on Sunday afternoon.
The protests broke out in San Antonio de los Banos municipality in Artemisa Province, bordering Havana, with video on social media showing hundreds of residents chanting anti-government slogans and demanding everything from coronavirus vaccines to an end of daily blackouts.
“I just walked through town looking to buy some food and there were lots of people there, some with signs, protesting,” local resident Claris Ramirez said by phone.
“They are protesting blackouts, that there is no medicine,” she added.
“They are protesting the crisis, that there is no food or medicine, that you have to buy everything at the foreign currency stores, and on and on the list goes,” Claudia Perez said.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets protesting “misery” under Miguel Diaz-Canel’s Communist regime.
Cuba Shuts Down Internet to Silence Citizens, Hide Ongoing Protests
GABRIELLE REYES13 Jul 2021197
Cuba’s state-run telecom monopoly ETECSA restricted access to major social media platforms and messaging apps on Monday as part of temporary internet shutdowns meant to quell anti-government protests across the island, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Tuesday.
“On Monday, Cuban authorities were blocking Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Telegram,” Alp Toker, the director of Netblocks, a London-based internet monitoring firm, told the AP on July 13.
“This does seem to be a response to social media-fueled protest,” he said.
While the microblogging website Twitter “did not appear to be blocked,” as of July 12, Toker “noted Cuba could cut it off if it wants to.”
“On Sunday [July 11], all of Cuba went offline for less than 30 minutes, after which there were several hours of intermittent but large [internet] outages,” Doug Madory, the director of internet analysis for Kentik, a network management company, told the AP on July 13.
Post by schwartzie on Jul 14, 2021 17:09:00 GMT -5
Rubio Demands U.S. Government “Call It For What It Is” In Cuba – A ‘Communist, Marxist, Socialist Tyranny’
Senator demands American make “clear about whose side we’re on.”
Published 1 min ago on 14 July, 2021Steve WatsonStefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images3 Comments
After attempts by the Biden administration and the establishment media to downplay the anti-communist uprising in Cuba as anything but that, Senator Marco Rubio made an impassioned speech demanding that the government “call it for what it is.”
“We should be clear in our language,” Rubio said during a speech on the Senate floor, adding “We don’t just condemn this tyranny. We condemn this communist, this Marxist, this socialist tyranny.”
Rubio demanded that America make “clear about whose side we’re on.”
“The first lesson we need to take away from it is that Marxism, socialism, doesn’t work,” Rubio continued, adding “The way socialism, the way Marxism has always worked, the way it’s always empowered itself, is it goes to the people and immediately divides them. It says there is an oppressor class and that there is this victim class and these evil oppressors, capitalists, in the case of socialism or traditional Marxism, they oppress the victims.”
Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, noted that the so called “opening” of Cuba under the Obama administration ignores that fact that a socialist regime still reigns with an iron fist over the people.
“They will use any opening as a tool — as a weapon — against their people, because that’s what socialism does,” Rubio urged, adding “That’s what these Marxists do in Cuba. They will use anything as a weapon against the people of Cuba.”
“You can open up all you want. We can pass a bill here that says, ‘Open to Cuba. A hundred percent open.’ Full free trade, you can do whatever you want. At the end of the day, the Cuban regime will control that opening. It’s not just what we want to do, it’s what they want to do,” the Senator further explained.
Cuba: Video Shows Police Shoot Man at Home in Front of Toddlers
FRANCES MARTEL14 Jul 2021322
A video surfacing on social media Tuesday appears to show Cuban State Security special forces brutally beating and shooting a man in front of his wife and two toddlers.
Miami’s El Nuevo Herald identified the victim in the video as Daniel Cárdenas Díaz, a 24-year-old father of three who had participated in peaceful protests against communism this week. An eyewitness recorded the video at his family home in Cárdenas, Matanzas province, east of Havana. His wife, Marbely Vásquez, confirmed to the newspaper that Cárdenas had participated in protests, but that he was a peaceful marcher, had not committed any violent acts, and did not stand out in his behavior among the thousands of protesters that took the streets of Cuba this weekend. The family’s three children — a pair of two-year-old twins and a 12-year-old — were in the home when the attack occurred.
Protests erupted Sunday in over 20 municipalities nationwide demanding an end to the 62-year-old communist regime and freedom for the Cuban people. Protesters used their rudimentary mobile phones and internet access to film the large assemblies and distribute images that showed the scope of rejection of the regime to the rest of the world. That evening, Castro regime head Miguel Díaz-Canel issued an “order of combat” encouraging civilians to take the streets and attack the protesters. The Cuban regime then shut down access to the internet to prevent word of protests from getting out, though citizens used their family connections abroad to send the word that protests continued into Wednesday throughout the island.
Post by PurplePuppy on Jul 15, 2021 0:07:21 GMT -5
Biden’s Creepy DHS Secretary Warns Cubans Fleeing Brutal Regime Not To Come To America…”You will not come to the United States!”…But Welcomes Flood Of Illegals On Southern Border By Patty McMurray | Jul 14, 2021
On Oct. 12, Miami Police estimated over 30,000 vehicles took part in a Latinos For Trump road rally in southern Florida:
Cuban-Americans love Trump and the opportunity he provided for every citizen, including Cuban-Americans, to embrace the American dream.
NBC News – In November 2020, around 55 percent of Florida’s Cuban-American vote went to Trump, according to NBC News exit polls, while 30 percent of Puerto Ricans and 48 percent of “other Latinos” backed Trump. Trump won the coveted battleground state with its 29 electoral votes.
Trump drastically improved his support in Miami-Dade County, going from 333,999 votes in 2016 to at least 529,16 votes this year. Biden, however, wasn’t able to grow Democratic support in the county. Clinton got 624,146 votes there in 2016 and with 95 percent of the vote tallied, Biden had 613,086.
Large Group Of Florida Boat Owners Head To Cuba To Bring Food, Medicine And Water
By The Scoop
Published July 14, 2021 at 7:11pm
Residents in Florida are organizing food and supply runs to assist pro-democracy demonstrators in Cuba, using their own boats.
According to a CBS station in Miami, a big party of boats departed for the island on Monday, bringing food, water, and medication.
“We are just bringing supplies. They are trying to create a group to take on water, food, medicine, whatever we can to take a Cuba. We are just waiting for the approval so we can enter and give it to them.,” Dennis Suayero said to the outlet.
Despite the US Coast Guard’s warning not to undertake unauthorized trips to Cuba, boaters are moving forward with their plans.
NBC6 reported earlier today of the the Coast Guard being 7 miles off the Key West watching boaters who will be heading to Cuba.
“As a humanitarian organization with a core mission of protecting lives at-sea, we echo the message of many U.S. leaders in the support of the Cuban people exercising their fundamental right of freedom of expression and assembly, but also remind anyone considering a migrant voyage to not take to the sea. The transit is dangerous and unforgiving as nearly 20 lives were tragically lost in recent weeks as a result of these dangerous voyages,” the Coast Guard released in their statement Monday.
Cuban protesters began to smuggle videos out of the island at a more rapid pace on Thursday after an internet shutdown showing police special forces and plain-clothes paramilitary attacking unarmed civilians.
Protests erupted in dozens of locations throughout Cuba on Sunday demanding an end to the communist regime. For much of Sunday, Cubans used their limited access to the internet to flood social media outlets with images showing thousands of people marching in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Holguín, Camagüey, and other major cities, as well as growing assemblies in rural areas against the regime. In response, the Castro regime shut down access to the internet nationwide, forcing Cubans to resort to finding functional VPNs or smuggling videos out of the country. The latest round of footage emerging from Cuba shows not just protests, but disproportionate violence by police officers against people who appear unarmed and not participating in any violent behavior.
Breitbart News obtained a video on Thursday taken early this week of police clearly shooting live ammunition into a crowd of protesters. The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a coalition of organizations in Florida and the island seeking an end to the Castro regime, confirmed the authenticity of the video and identified the person filming only as a member of the resistance. The Assembly, for the safety of the person recording and those in the footage, did not identify a specific location within Cuba where the attacks occurred.
The video, taken from a nearby residential balcony, shows uniformed officers opening fire at people at a distance. A voice off-camera shouts, “They’re shooting at the people!” and, shortly after, “They’re throwing rocks! Don’t open!”
“People, please, don’t open the windows,” a woman says off-screen as a crowd appears and begins hurling rocks in response to the gunshots.
Assembly of the Cuban Resistance
Images of growing numbers of repressive forces on the street, both uniformed and otherwise, increased on Thursday. The Spanish news portal Diario de Cuba confirmed the legitimacy of a video on Thursday, similarly taken from a balcony or rooftop, of several buses driving into Havana. As their passengers dismounted, the camera revealed them to be armed plain-clothes paramilitaries, carrying clubs, metal rods, and other blunt objects.
Cuban President Diaz-Canel Calls Unrest a 'Lie,' 'Unconventional War' on Cuba
protesters take to the streets in Miami in support of cuban people's liberation
(Daniel A. Varela/AP)
Saturday, 17 July 2021 11:56 AM
Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday denounced what he said was a false narrative over unrest on the Caribbean island, speaking during a rally alongside ex-president Raul Castro and before thousands of supporters in Havana.
"What the world is seeing of Cuba is a lie," Diaz-Canel said.
He decried what he said was the dissemination of "false images" on social networks that "encourage and glorify the outrage and destruction of property."
Diaz-Canel's comments come days after historic demonstrations against the communist government.
On July 11 and 12, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in 40 cities around the island shouting "Freedom," "Down with the dictatorship," and "We're hungry."
One person has died and more than 100 have been arrested, including independent journalists and opposition activists, since the protests broke out over the worst economic crisis in decades.
There is an "overflowing hatred on social networks," the president insisted Saturday.
Cuba cut off Internet access on the island from Sunday for three days after the protests erupted last weekend.
It restored access Wednesday, but social media and messaging apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter remained blocked on 3G and 4G networks.
Social media is the only way Cubans can reach independent news outlets while messaging apps are their main means of communicating among themselves.
Rick Scott: If Cubans Get Internet Access Back, the Communist Regime Is ‘Over’ IAN HANCHETT17 Jul 2021324
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) argued that if the Cuban people get Internet access back, “the Castro regime is done.”
Scott said President Joe Biden must “find out how to get Internet down there. Now, I’ve been calling — I’ve been trying to find out if there’s — how — what the private solution is, if the government can’t do it, but whether the federal government does it, they should be doing it. If they don’t do it, I’m going to do everything I can, and there [are] other people doing the same thing. We’re going to figure out how to get Internet back to those — to the Cubans. Because when they get Internet back, it’s over. The Cuban people are fed up with the Castro regime, and it’s still the Castro regime, let’s remember that.”
He added, “I actually really believe that the Cuban people are finally just fed up. And so, when they get access to the Internet…when that happens, I think the Castro regime is done.”
FCC Commissioner: US Government Can Use High-Altitude Balloons to Provide Internet to Cubans
BY ZACHARY STIEBER July 17, 2021 Updated: July 18, 2021
The U.S. government can utilize high-altitude balloons to provide internet access to Cubans, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner says.
“The advantage of a high-altitude balloon: a proven tech that would not require new infrastructure in Cuba,” Brendan Carr wrote on Twitter on July 17.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, called on President Joe Biden to restore an internet connection to the island after the ruling regime moved to shut it off.
“I write to urge you to assist in providing Internet access to the people of Cuba standing up against communist oppression and demanding a voice after decades of suffering under the yoke of a cruel dictatorship,” DeSantis said in a letter this week to Biden, a Democrat.
Carr said the United States should follow a two-track strategy, with a focus on introducing new internet connections through the balloons and other proven technology, while also trying to bolster support for tech such as Psiphon, “which can help Cubans use the island’s existing networks by circumventing blocking.”
Psiphon said on July 16 that it helped nearly 1.4 million Cubans access the internet through its free circumvention tool on July 15 alone.
Carr was reacting to an article that noted that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, worked for years on a project involving balloons and the internet. Alphabet shut down the project in January, with officials saying they were unable to find a way to get costs low enough to build a long-term, sustainable business.