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Black Lives Matter blamed the “cruel and inhuman” United States for the ongoing unrest in Cuba as activists praised the Communist regime for its “solidarity” with the oppressed people.
The group sparked a furious backlash with the statement shared online after a week of violence on the island and furious protests over food shortages and rising prices.
The BLM accused the United States of being at the origin of the instability with its embargoes which caused “pain and suffering” to Cubans for 60 years.
Black Lives Matter Blamed ‘Cruel and Inhuman United States for Current Unrest in Cuba as Activists Praise Communist Government
Senator Marco Rubio criticized the statement, saying: “The extortion ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a hiatus today to shake up businesses for millions and buy themselves mansions for. share their support for the communist regime in #Cuba. “
In a message shared with its 4.5 million Instagram followers, BLM said: “Black Lives Matter condemns the inhumane treatment inflicted on Cubans by the US federal government and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo.
“This cruel and inhuman policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining the right of Cubans to choose their own government, is at the heart of the current crisis in Cuba.
“Since 1962, the United States has imposed pain and suffering on the Cuban people by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the small island nation an estimated $ 130 billion.
The BLM accused the United States of being at the origin of the instability with its embargoes which caused “pain and suffering” to Cubans for 60 years. Pictured: Protests against the Cuban government in Miami
Senator Marco Rubio slammed ‘extortion ring’ statement after week of unrest
“Without this money, it is more difficult for Cuba to acquire the medical equipment necessary to develop its own Covid-19 vaccines and equipment for food production. This comes despite the country’s strong medical care and a history of loaning out doctors and nurses to disasters around the world.
On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied claims that the United States was responsible for the unrest.
He said a poorly managed economy was the root cause of the problems that led people to take to the streets.
BLM’s statement continued, “The people of Cuba are being punished by the US government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination.
“America’s leaders have been trying to crush this revolution for decades. Instead of international friendship, respect and goodwill, the US government has only brought pain to the country’s 11 million people, four million of whom are black and brown.
Rubio warned on Wednesday that Cuba would face a ‘horrific bloodbath’ if the Biden administration did not intervene
“Cuba has historically shown solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent, from protecting black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur to granting asylum to supporting black liberation struggles in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea- Bissau and South Africa.
“Now we expect President Biden to end the embargo, which Barack Obama called for in 2016. This embargo is a blatant human rights violation and it must end. “
Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of being an accomplice in the murder of State Soldier Werner Foerster in 1973.
She escaped from prison and fled to Cuba where she was granted asylum from Fidel Castro.
She is still wanted by the FBI and there is a $ 2 million reward for her capture.
Cuban-American protesters gather in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood to protest the government on Wednesday
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in his government’s handling of shortages and neglect in certain sectors, but urged Cubans not to act with hatred – a reference to violence in recent protests of street
Many netizens have shared their outrage at the statement by the BLM, Donald Trump’s re-election strategist Giancarlo Sopo, calling it “disgusting”.
He said: “Despite the Cuban dictatorship’s murder and beating of protesters (many of whom are black), BLM’s statement on Cuba… condemns the United States, praises the Castro regime and does not no mention of the atrocities committed by the dictatorship. “
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday acknowledged his government’s shortcomings in dealing with shortages and neglect of certain sectors, but urged Cubans not to act with hatred.
In a nightly address on state television, Díaz-Canel admitted that state failings played a role in the protests.
“We have to gain experience from the unrest,” he said.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets of Havana in Santiago on Sunday chanting “Down with the dictatorship” during the biggest anti-government protests on the communist-ruled island in decades
A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Sunday
“We must also do a critical analysis of our problems to act and overcome, and avoid their repetition.
The president’s comments came as pressure mounted on the Biden administration to take action in favor of anti-government protesters on the island.
Dozens of Cuban Americans and their supporters gathered outside a Cuban restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Wednesday for the fourth day in a row to demand that President Biden intervene.
Rubio warned on Wednesday that Cuba would face a ‘horrific bloodbath’ if the Biden administration did not intervene – while White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn the Communist regime in the midst a state crackdown on protests in Cuba and instead blamed “government mismanagement”.
“A horrible bloodbath is what awaits if no action is taken. So far the response has been weak, weak. Why?’ Rubio tweeted with a video on Wednesday.
Riot police who were dressed in black bulletproof vests and helmets while carrying batons and shields were seen arresting dozens of protesters who again came out to protest on Monday
“What I asked the Biden administration to do – and I asked them two days ago to do – is I asked them to use the diplomacy they are bragging about,” Rubio said. .
“Convene the United Nations, convene the Organization of American States in emergency session.
“Pressure or shame the international community to condemn and isolate this regime, and pressure it to be ready to take action to prevent a bloodshed,” he said.
“Not on the other side of the world, not in the Middle East, not on another continent, right here, 90 miles from our shores. “
Cuba is suffering from its worst crisis in years because of a combination of the coronavirus pandemic that crippled its economy, including the vital tourism industry, inefficiencies in the state-run economy and tougher sanctions Americans on the island.
Riot police roam the streets of Havana on Monday as protesters carry wooden bats
President Donald Trump’s administration has imposed more than 200 measures against the island in four years.
Díaz-Canel said that this “complex situation” has been taken advantage of “by those who do not really want the Cuban revolution to develop or a civilized relationship with respect for the United States”.
President Biden called Cuba an “authoritarian” regime even as the White House refused to be coaxed into attacking its ideology.
“The Cuban people demand their release from an authoritarian regime,” Biden said in a statement Monday.