El American correspondent Anthony Cabassa spoke with Cuban-American actor Andy García about the anti-communism demonstrations that took place in Cuba on November 15. The artist explained that the purpose of the protests is to “demand all basic human rights” for citizens on the island.
García said that Monday’s march would mark “an extremely important day for the history of Cuba” and that he hopes the outcome will be positive, without “any bloodshed” in the face of the Castro regime’s repression.
The Ocean’s Eleven actor said that Cubans have endured 63 years of dictatorship, but that “the Cuban government is desperate” to maintain power given that “times are changing” and the people are rising up.
The myth of the embargo against Cuba
There are those who say that the situation in Cuba is due, in part, to the trade embargo imposed against the Castro regime by the United States. Garcia, in this regard, said that the only embargo that exists on the island is that of “human rights”.
“Cuba gets 40 % of all their goods from the United States for the past 30 years”; “The real embargo is an embargo of human rights that the Cuban government has over its own people. That’s the true embargo in Cuba. It’s an internal problem and it needs to change internally” he continued.
Andy García said that, although the dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel insists on blaming the United States for the delicate situation in which its citizens live, Cuba is free to exchange with the rest of the world.
This November 15, a demonstration was held by Cubans on the island to demand freedom. So far, dozens of arrests have been reported amid repression by the dictatorship.