Protesters from different parts of the United States gathered in front of the White House on July 25. The group urged the Joe Biden administration to take a stronger stance in support of Cubans and condemn the island’s communist regime.
Fox News reported hundreds of people chanted “freedom, freedom” after dark on Pennsylvania Avenue North West.
Cuban-born Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) shared a video of the peaceful demonstration, showing a very large gathering of people waving both U.S. and Cuban national flags.
The Biden administration previously supported the protest movement in Cuba, and even imposed certain sanctions. However, the Miami Herald revealed demonstrators now want President Biden to use stronger diplomatic pressure to bring greater freedoms to the island.
Some protesters suggest military intervention is an option while others believe the United States should do something to prevent blackouts on the island, since internet outages are affecting the flow of information on the civil unrest.
“Cuban people have taken to the streets demanding freedom, and the regime has once again cut off all internet on the island,” Salazar said on Twitter. “The Biden administration must grant the green light and help the people of Cuba get back online!”
🚨#SOSCuba🚨— María Elvira Salazar 🇺🇸 (@MaElviraSalazar) July 26, 2021
The Cuban people have taken to the streets demanding FREEDOM and the regime has once again cut off ALL INTERNET on the island.
The Biden Administration must grant the green light and help the people of #Cuba get back online!! https://t.co/W1QDp5Fwie
Following police repression and tension across the island, Biden confirmed the United States will investigate whether it is technically possible to override the communist regime’s internet blackout.
The Biden administration is also evaluating the possibility of reauthorizing remittances and increasing U.S. diplomatic presence in Cuba.
El American revealed there is a fundamental difference between what Cubans in Miami want compared to protesters on the island.
“What the Cuban emigrants there are asking for is one thing, and the Cubans here are not asking Biden for anything,” independent journalist Miriam Celaya said according to the publication. “I have not heard in any demonstration that they want remittances or more diplomats, I think it is a rather self-conscious mentality.”
Celaya described any proposed remittance as impolite or rude, because the relevant funds would simply end up in Cuban regime coffers.
“I find it disrespectful to talk about remittances when Cubans here do not receive that money,” she said. “Cubans who receive remittances are a portion of the population. Furthermore, those remittances that arrive, go into the pockets of the dictatorship.”
She believes the real solution to ending Cuban civil unrest is to introduce the same civil rights as the United States and other democratic countries.
“Cubans are hungry for freedom and I believe that we are capable of carving our own path,” she said. “I do not believe that remittances are the solution–that is to vulgarize the Cubans’s yearning for freedom.”
The remarks came after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) revealed Republicans are considering new legislation to push Biden to do more for the Cuban people.
On July 21, more than 140 Republican lawmakers called on Biden, regional governments and the European Union to set up an international criminal tribunal to investigate human rights violations allegedly committed by Miguel Diaz-Canel’s regime.
The international community must stand with the Cuban people in their fight for freedom against the illegitimate communist Cuban regime.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) July 21, 2021
Read my letter with @GOPLeader & our colleagues to the world's leaders of democratic states. #SOSCuba #PatriaYVida https://t.co/8pJsRpkM4H pic.twitter.com/V0sxGqtD16
Legislators acknowledge Cuban protestors mainly just want greater freedoms.
“It is inconceivable that at this time when the Cuban people are being slaughtered, Biden convenes a remittance task force to weaken sanctions, as requested by the dictatorship,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said on Twitter. “The majority of the Cuban people, especially Afro-Cubans, do not have access to remittances.”
The congressman suggested President Biden should lead the international community in pushing for “immediate freedom,” and unrestricted internet access in Cuba.
Protests began in a small Cuban town 15 days ago before spreading across the nation. The country is in the midst of the worst social and economic crisis in decades.
Following the civil unrest hundreds of people have complained about being detained or reported missing. BL understands detainees face summary trials and severe beating.