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‘Down With Communism!’: Thousands of Cubans Demand End to Dictatorship

‘Down With Communism!’: Thousands of Cubans Demand End to Dictatorship

Biden admin thinks Cubans only protested over COVID cases and deaths. They want COVID vaccines, but they also want to eat and have freedom from the brutal regime.

First off, if you need to know anything about Cuba, please follow my friend Frances Martel. Her family came from Cuba. She is an expert.

Cubans marched in Havana against the Communist regime, demanding more food and access to COVID-19 vaccines. They also protested against the high prices during the pandemic. From The Miami Herald:

From the Malecón, Havana’s famous seawall near the old city, to small towns in Artemisa province and Palma Soriano, the second-largest city in Santiago de Cuba province, videos live-streamed on Facebook showed thousands of people walking and riding bikes and motorcycles along streets while chanting “Freedom!” “Down with Communism!” and “Patria y Vida” — Homeland and Life — which has become a battle cry among activists after a viral music video turned the revolutionary slogan “Homeland or Death” on its head.

“We are not afraid!” chanted Samantha Regalado while she recorded hundreds of people walking along a narrow street in Palma Soriano.

During the day, protests erupted in several cities, including the island’s biggest — Havana, Santiago, Santa Clara, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Holguín — but also in smaller towns like Palma Soriano, Cárdenas, Colón, Guira de Melena, Artemisa and others. Inventario, a website specializing in Cuban data, tracked at least 25 protests in different locations throughout the island.

President Joe Biden’s administration claims the Cubans protested strictly over COVID-19.

The protesters want access to COVID-19 vaccines. They also want to end the brutal regime, eat, and have freedom.

The Communist regime does not recognize a person’s natural born rights. They cannot protest or assemble peacefully in Cuba.

But I guess this is not a shock since President Barack Obama’s administration started the normalization of relations with Cuba without mentioning numerous human rights violations.

The protesters shouted, “Down with [Cuband leader Miguel] Díaz-Canel.” Frances wants everyone to remember:

Díaz-Canel blamed America:

In an impromptu televised address later in the afternoon, Díaz-Canel blamed the protests on U.S. efforts to tighten the embargo, with the alleged intention to “provoke a social uprising” that would justify a military intervention.

Visibly upset and raising his voice, the Cuban leader warned that protesters would face a strong response and called “all revolutionaries” to confront them on the streets “with firmness and courage.”

“We are not going to hand over the sovereignty or the independence of the people,” he said. “There are many revolutionaries in this country who are willing to give our lives, we are willing to do anything, and we will be in the streets fighting.”

Sunday’s protests are not the first time Cubans rose up against the Communist regime.

The last time happened in 1994 against then-dictator Fidel Castro. It mainly took place in Havana but did not last a long time. Castro opened up the maritime borders, which led to an exodus. You can read more about the tragedy on July 13, 1994, at the Free Cuba Foundation. 72 people attempted to leave on a makeshift tugboat. Cuban forces sank the boat and killed 37 people, including 11 children.

Protests happened before 1994, too.

Maybe this time it will change. Thankfully, Cubans posted videos and photos on the internet. It sounds like the regime has shut down the internet on the island.

Here are a few images circulating on social media.


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“You will own nothing and you will be happy”. Just a bunch of happy people having a good time while the government provides for all of their needs.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Considering level of intelligence in Cuba, will they be able to form a competent government without massive corruption, most certainly, other countries with similar capabilities have not.

I am sure the Biden Administration would send support and aid to the Cuban Government if there were an actual political insurrection.

The Biden Admin has a choice. Support the Cuban people, ‘people of color’ I would add since that seems to be a hugely important aspect for them, or support the totalitarian communist regime.

    Paddy M in reply to CommoChief. | July 12, 2021 at 9:29 am

    They’ll support the latter.

    Exiliado in reply to CommoChief. | July 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

    They made their choice a long time ago, and it is not favorable to the Cuban people.

      CommoChief in reply to Exiliado. | July 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm


      The question becomes is that choice sustainable? How many families have fled communist regimes to become US Citizens? Large numbers.

      Given the very real living memories of life under communism can the current patchwork of the d/progressive coalition hold together when the party policy is to coddle these regimes and their domestic adherents?

      IMO, the answer is no.

    Whitewall in reply to CommoChief. | July 12, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Que the Jeopardy theme music.

The Cuban dictators will follow the example of their fellow travelers, the Democrat party and blame the USA. Freedom is the root of all evil, while soul draining is a solution for societal problems.

Beware the democratic/dictatorial duality. Also, socialism is communism’s footstool. That said, a republic with principles (i.e. Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness without the caustic progress of diversity [dogma], not limited to racism, sexism, ageism, inequity, and exclusion, if you can keep it.

How long before the Joseph Goebbels media starts to claim Qanon and “white supremacists”are behind the demonstrations in Cuba?

The blazing incompetence of communism continues to amaze me. It’s almost like the intelligentsia are unfit for making decisions.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely. No surprise communism makes Cadillacs into donkey carts – except for the top 10 percent.

    Nazi Germany was no different: the corruption at the top ultimately destroyed the Nazis.

I don’t know what to think until I hear from AOC.

Maybe many have realized finding a way to get to America to escape Communism is no longer an option.

Where is the narrative coming from that the Cuban people are protesting the lack of COVID vaccines? None of the tweets or videos I’ve seen mentioned anything about COVID. Is there a reliable source I’m missing? (And, no, I don’t mean the spin from the W.H..)

    Dathurtz in reply to Idonttweet. | July 12, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Of course. The White House itself has declared the truth of it. They have access to information we do not have and we shouldn’t question their conclusions unless we also have access to that secret data.

    How can you want a more reliable source than our very own White House and intelligence agencies?

We need to swap with Cuba. They can take the woke and we will take those seeking freedom. It’s a fair trade. Cuba will enjoy at least 20 more years of dictatorship until the woke wake up and finally realize what they gave up.

News are starting to come out slowly now.

Government goons are going door to door detaining people. Those arrested will now most likely be away for a few months (no trial needed), and their families will not be allowed to see them or even know where they are, or if they are death or alive.
There will be beatings, and the victims will be kept in isolation until the bruises disappear. If anyone dies, the government will disappear the bodies and deny ever having them in their prisons.
This is not the first time.

The only chance the Cuban people had was to stay protesting in the streets. They lost the minute they went back home.

    Idonttweet in reply to Exiliado. | July 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    For a second, I thought you were talking about the vaccine Gestapo in this country.

    Capsaicin_Addict in reply to Exiliado. | July 12, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    The solution, of course, is to do their best to make sure any government goon that pays a visit never leaves.

    “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave!”

    Sadly, probably not being done.

      The government goons have the weapons.

        stevewhitemd in reply to jpwcpa. | July 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

California will take them all, no papers needed they love illegals.

henrybowman | July 12, 2021 at 8:23 pm

Curiouser and curiouser. Almost exactly 80 years, and that almost exactly the same time it took Soviet Communism to collapse. Have we experimentally determined the half-life of communism?

Take a look in this from yesterday where Portia Siegelbaum of CBS News in Cuba blames the Trump Administration:

(“The Trump administration passed many more regulations, many more sanctions against it, which basically has cut off all income coming into Cuba.”)

Perfect soundbite for a Republican candidate in 2022 or 2024.

    RRRR in reply to RRRR. | July 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    If the regime falls, Biden will take credit, of course, but it is more likely that the regime will suppress the protests violently.

I’m Cuban and I can tell you for a fact that they’re not asking for the Covid vaccine- that’s a spin of the current administration to deny that communism doesn’t work and the Cuban people are sick and tired of communism. They are tired of oppression and tired of starving for more than sixty years and they keep chanting: “Libertad! (Freedom!) and No Tenemos Miedo! (We Are Not Afraid!)”. The Cuban government is massacring its people, the military is shooting unarmed people! They have no guns, no firearms, no gas to make homemade bombs, they have nothing! They’re begging the international community for help and the only ones who are getting involved with military is Venezuela, China and Russia. And that’s NOT for the benefit of the Cuban people. Young boys are being taken from their homes to go fight against their own people. A teenager protester got attacked by the military and they took his eyes and his teeth out before killing him by beating him with batons. Doctors have been threatened all over the island not to treat any injured protesters. They’re savages, they’re massacring and torturing my people and the world is watching doing nothing! ALL THEY’RE ASKING FOR IS FREEDOM!!!! LIBERALS YOU’D BETTER WATCH WHAT YOU’RE ASKING FOR…THIS NIGHTMARE IS SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM!