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Demanding Actions, Rubio Hits Biden for Weak Support of Cuban Protests

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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.

Homeland and life are some of the slogans of Cuban demonstrators fighting against Castroism. (Image: EFE)

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”

Daniel is a Political Science and Economics student from the University of South Florida. He worked as a congressional intern to Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) from January to May 2020. He also is the head of international analysis at Politiks // Daniel es un estudiante de Cs Políticas y Economía en la Universidad del Sur de la Florida. Trabajo como pasante legislativo para el Representate Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) desde enero hasta mayo del 2020. Daniel también es el jefe de análisis internacional de Politiks.

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