The Cuban people got up on Sunday (11) and took to the streets to demand freedom and the end of 62 years of communist oppression. Thousands took part in unprecedented protests in at least a dozen cities across the island.
The term “historic” is used so much that it has become a cliché, but this time it applies perfectly. This is the first time in 62 years of tyrannical rule that this has happened, and it is time for the long-suffering people of Cuba to receive what they demand.
The people of Cuba, just 145 kilometers off the American coast, deserve unrestricted support from the United States. At the very least, the Biden government must do nothing to throw Havana socialists a lifeline, as Juan S. Gonzalez, special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, recently announced on CNN in Spanish , when he said that measures to heat up relations between Havana and Washington were about to take place. This would hardly be the time to take these steps.
In addition, President Joe Biden must make it clear to Miguel Diaz-Canel, the puppet president that is the facade gives Castro family since dictator Raúl Castro left office in 2018, the US will not accept the implicit banning of pro-freedom voices through refugee flotillas, as the Castros did. Biden must immediately turn to the US, the Cuban people and the world, and ask for the restoration of freedom in Cuba.
He must also unequivocally warn Diaz-Canel against this path, which will endanger the lives of thousands of Cubans and further consolidate the regime’s power.
The situation in Cuba from Sunday night to Monday looked dire. Diaz-Canel went on the radio on Sunday and called on “all communists” to leave their homes and crush the protests. We learned that the tape had played at least three times on Cuban TV at dusk.
Special police were seen arresting protesters. In Camaguey province, pro-democracy priest Fr. Castor Alvarez de Besa was beaten by police, dissident forces told the Heritage Foundation. His whereabouts remain unknown.
The Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, tweeted on Sunday: “The military police of the Cuban regime are shooting at unarmed Cuban demonstrators fighting for freedom. Sixty years of communism, cruelty and oppression cannot last any longer!”.
The immediate causes of the revolt are difficult to identify at the moment. However, the socialist government’s lamentable and incorrect treatment of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be one of the main causes. The death rate is increasing, even if it goes by Cuba’s own statistics, which are never reliable. This belies two leftist claims, which are related.
One is that totalitarian governments are better equipped to deal with pandemics than liberal democracies like the United States are. Another – often repeated by politicians socialists, like Senator Bernie Sanders – is that Cuba’s socialist government has a spectacular health care system.
Neither is obviously true. Socialism remains perfect in only one point – fail everywhere. That’s why the people of Cuba are protesting.
The people of Cuba are friends with the United States. They participated in our Revolutionary War, taking part under the Spanish flag in the battles of Baton Rouge and Pensacola, and raising money for the war effort against Great Britain. More than 100 years later, we returned the favor and helped them free themselves from Spain in the Spanish-American War of 1898.
You cuban americans they contribute every day to the success of the United States and are part of the government’s leadership, as demonstrated by senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
the fight of Cuban people this July reminds us once again that we must defeat the effort to install Marxism in the free world, especially in our schools and workplaces. The best way for us to help the people of Cuba is to remain free and say with them: “Viva Cuba libre!”
James Carafano, a leading expert on national security and foreign policy challenges, is vice president for foreign policy and defense studies at the Heritage Foundation. Mike Gonzalez, a senior member of The Heritage Foundation, is an international correspondent and commentator.