U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn urged President Biden and her colleagues in the Senate to fully support the ongoing protests in Cuba against the current communist regime.
“The ruling communists have bled the Cuban people dry and now armed thugs have taken to the streets to repress the opposition at any cost. Make no mistake. This is a test for President Biden. He must draw a line in the sand. I call on my colleagues in the majority, on President Biden, and the members of his cabinet to join me in supporting all who would risk their lives to expose the ravages of socialism in Cuba,” she said while speaking on the Senate floor.
The move from Blackburn comes as the leaders in government have attempted to crack down on the mass protests. The leaders have used a host of mechanisms to curb the protesters’ efforts, such as violence and censorship. The government has limited citizens’ use of the encrypted chat apps WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram.
“We cannot stand by while communist thugs gun down their own people. We cannot let this become another Venezuela. Just as we stand with the freedom fighters suffering in Hong Kong, on mainland China, and in other socialist regimes around the world, we must stand with the people of Cuba,” the Tennessee senator stated.
Blackburn also took aim at the media for their misguided coverage of the protests.
“Much of the mainstream media reporting on these protests makes it sound as if everything is pandemic related. But what’s happening in Cuba is not an economic fluke, and every single person serving in this body, working in the media, and analyzing the policy implications know better than to say otherwise.”
While covering the unrest, the New York Times called the word “freedom” an “anti-government slogan.”
Watch Senator Blackburn’s remarks here:
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