Cuban People in Miami warn that Sino-Russian intervention may trigger a “massacre” in Cuba
MIAMI – Cuba’s main allies are Russia and China. Cubans in exile in Miami warned of internet blackouts and arbitrary arrests that Cubans report on the island are straight out of their authoritarian handbook.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is supported by China and Russia. He urged his supporters to “fight” against dissenting opinions. Her human rights track record concerns Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat.
Gutiérrez-Boronat, 55, of the Cuban Democratic Directorate, a Miami-based organization campaigning for democracy in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, said he feared violence.
“We call on the international community, led by the United States, to intervene to protect the Cuban people from a bloodbath and to put an end to this regime,” Gutiérrez-Boronat said during a press conference in Miami-Dade County on Monday.
During a protest in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, July 11th, 2021, the police attacked and arrested an anti-government protester. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest the ongoing food shortages and high food prices in the new corona crisis. (AP photo / Ramon Espinosa)
The #SOSCuba protesters who took to the streets in Cuba and Miami say they want the international community to join the movement for change on the troubled communist island.
Gutiérrez-Boronat had a message for President Joe Biden: “The vast majority of Cuban Americans, this large electorate, will be grateful to you for helping to overthrow this regime.”
President Joe Biden issued a statement Monday: “The United States urges the Cuban regime to listen to its people and, at this crucial moment, serve their needs rather than enrich itself.”
A woman shouts pro-government slogans as anti-government protesters march in Havana, Cuba on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest the ongoing food shortages and high food prices. (AP photo / Ismael Francisco) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Gutiérrez-Boronat was born about four years after the failed, CIA-backed invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Havana. One of his family memories in Cuba is that his father survived a labor camp.
Gutiérrez-Boronat was a boy when his parents fled to Spain in 1971 on an “escape from freedom” when the late Fidel Castro had a crush on dissent. He also lived in Nicaragua before moving to Miami.
Gutiérrez-Boronat was a young teenager when he was known as “Orlandito” among exiled members of Alpha 66, an anti-Castro paramilitary organization based in Miami-Dade County.
Plainclothes police arrest an anti-government protester during a protest in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest the ongoing food shortages and high food prices in the new corona crisis. (AP photo / Ramon Espinosa) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Gutiérrez-Boronat received his PhD from the University of Miami in the philosophy of international studies. He was a co-founder of the Cuban Democratic Directorate, which supports Cuba’s San Isidro Movement (MSI) in 2018, artists against state censorship.
Internet connection improvements in Cuba have helped their cause. Despite restrictions on access to information, most Cubans in Havana were able to access social media on their mobile phones by 2018.
MSI supported a digital campaign against government propaganda known as “Patria y Vida”, Spanish for “home and life”. Castro’s slogan “Socialism or Death” and Che Guevara’s “Home or Death” can be seen on billboards and murals across the country.
A woman shouts at a protest against the government in Havana, Cuba, Sunday July 11, 2021. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest the ongoing food shortages and high food prices. (AP photo / Ismael Francisco) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Many Cuban Americans in South Florida can append the deaths of their ancestors in Cuba on orders from Castro or Guevara. During their violent uprising, Cuban exiles reported that dissenters who were caught were either executed or tortured in prison.
Her reign of fear did not end after her death, but when Raul Castro took power he became more interested in economic reform. The two major communist powers of the world had adopted authoritarian capitalism, so it was open to partnerships on infrastructure.
The priorities of the Castro regime have changed and the strategies of the Cubans in exile have changed. The popular movement for political change in Cuba boiled into large nationwide protests on Sunday and public demonstrations continued on Monday. Gutiérrez-Boronat said the protests were unprecedented.
“We are living in key moments in Cuba’s history,” said Gutiérrez-Boronat.
People protest outside the Capitol in Havana, Cuba, Sunday July 11, 2021. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest persistent food shortages and high food prices amid the new coronavirus crisis. (AP photo / Ramon Espinosa) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
US MP Mario Diaz-Balart wrote that he was concerned about reports that José Daniel Ferrer Cantillo Jr. and his father, José Daniel Ferrer of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) disappeared on Sunday afternoon. There was activity on Ferrer’s Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
“As the Cuban people protest against the regime’s ill-will, we must remember that its evils have spread far beyond their borders,” wrote Diaz-Balart.
US Senator Marco Rubio attributed the “grassroots protests in over 32 cities” to misery, oppression and lies.
“While the socialist regime in Cuba is attacking unarmed demonstrators, the socialist regime in Venezuela is in the process of kidnapping President Juan Guaido,” tweeted Rubio on Monday afternoon.
Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel walks with his supporters after a protest against the government in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest the ongoing food shortages and high food prices amid the new coronavirus crisis. (AP photo / Ramon Espinosa) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Díaz-Canel, the handpicked successor to Raul Castro, also held a press conference in Havana on Monday. He blamed the US embargo and its supporters.
“This government is not afraid. We are full of energy, we are full of enthusiasm, even though it hurts … It’s hard what we’re going through, but we are convinced that we will face it and win, ”said Díaz-Canel in Spanish during his televised address.
Díaz-Canel also said his government is honest about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Cuba. While opposition activists say there have been more COVID-19 deaths than the government reports, Cuban officials reported 6,750 cases and 31 deaths.
Police arrest an anti-government protester during a protest in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest the ongoing food shortages and high food prices amid the new coronavirus crisis. (AP photo / Ramon Espinosa) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Protesters said countless patients have died without home treatment because hospitals were overburdened. Opposition activists say they want the freedom to push for political change.
“A national uprising against communist tyranny is taking place in Cuba,” said Gutiérrez-Boronat.
Other protesters say the people must do everything possible to stop the food and drug shortages in Cuba and get effective vaccines into people’s arms as soon as possible. Cuban and Cuban-American protesters and their supporters say they are tired of the 62-year-old regime’s inability to protect life and dignity.
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Once again, US oil is bad while US adversary oil is good. It is outrageous that while the #cuban people are risking everything for their freedom, the Biden administrator has lifted some Trump sanctions against the #VZ oil industry, the very industry Maduro is using to prop up the Cuban regime
– Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) July 12, 2021
All of America should stand by the brave Cubans who have taken to the streets to demand freedom and to protest against the repression of communist tyrants who deny them their most basic human rights. #SOSCuba
– Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) July 12, 2021
What about the Biden administration?
The Cuban people are fighting for freedom against an illegitimate tyrannical regime that is ready to torture and kill in order to stay in power.
American leaders must say this and condemn the regime and its brutality – unequivocally. https://t.co/QpXd4avfMU
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 12, 2021
The call by the Cuban people for freedom and basic rights to take to the streets and march peacefully is an act of great courage. I support the Cuban people in their pursuit of freedom and condemn any violence or attacks on those who exercise their rights.
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 12, 2021
The regime in #Cuba will now threaten that a rafter or Mariel crisis is “inevitable” if the US does not stop promoting protests and returning to Obama policies
We must not give in to blackmail and @potus must warn them that promoting mass migration is seen as a hostile act
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2021
Peaceful protests escalate in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern over rising COVID cases / deaths and drug shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people to raise funds to help needy neighbors.
– Julie Chung (@WHAAsstSecty) July 11, 2021
This delayed decision to support the protesters in #Cuba reflects an issue with the political process that continues to plague the Biden administration – they are not making the right calls at the right time and costing credibility. https://t.co/d1jfIa6XJK
– Brett Bruen (@BrettBruen) July 12, 2021
The US supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba and would strongly condemn any violence or attack on peaceful protesters exercising their universal rights. https://t.co/FjI8bUHoQE
– Jake Sullivan (@ JakeSullivan46) July 12, 2021
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