On Tuesday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined a large group of Republican lawmakers in a press conference just a few steps away from the Capitol building in support of the Cuban dissenters who had called for nationwide protests on Monday, a call that prompted a swift repressive crackdown from the communist regime. Besides offering its support towards the Cuban dissidents, Rubio also blasted the Biden administration’s handling of the current situation on the island.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Castro regime in Congress, applauded the efforts of a grassroots movement protesting for freedom in Cuba.
He noted in his remarks that those who have led the movement are “young, intellectuals, artists, (…) is a very young generation with demands for a better life” and that the reaction of the Castrista regime was to unleash “the entire power of the regime, military, the party apparatus (…) to prevent people from walking in the streets and shouting slogans”
Rubio also said that while these actions, which included police officers and pro-government mobs preventing dissident leader Junior Guerra from leaving his own house, only helps the movement gain nationwide recognition.
Rubio, who serves in the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee, made calls for the administration to aid the Cuban people with concrete actions, specifically with the issue of internet access. For him, the issue of ensuring internet access to the Cuban people is not an issue of technological capability, but a “matter of will and desire”.
Slamming the Biden administration for the way it has handled the Cuban pro-freedom protestors, Rubio said that he doesn’t “expect a lot” from the White House considering Biden’s involvement in the Obama negotiations with the Castro regime back in 2014.
He concluded his scathing criticisms of the Biden administration’s policy towards Cuba accusing the administration officials of not being “in the side of what we are asking for”