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Governor Ron DeSantis signed a legislation Monday establishing that November 7 will be known each year as “Victims of Communism Day” in the state of Florida. He also explained that the evils of this ideology will be taught in schools.
At the Freedom Tower, an emblematic building in Miami where the first exiles from Cuba were received in the early 1960s and surrounded by officials and leaders of the Cuban community and exile, Republican DeSantis signed HB 395.
Rosa María Payá, daughter of opposition leader Oswaldo Payá, who died in 2012 along with fellow opposition member Harold Cepero in a traffic accident that, according to her family’s complaints to international organizations, was provoked by Cuban security agents, thanked DeSantis for this initiative.
Payá, who spoke from a lectern marked “Honoring the Victims of Communism,” mentioned her father and the more than 1,000 political prisoners that are currently in Cuba in her speech and accused the Cuban regime of having caused the collapse of democracies in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
The lieutenant governor of Florida, Jeanette Núñez, of Cuban origin, stressed that if there is one place in the world where the importance of freedom is known, it is Miami because of the many exiles it has received.
The only sentence spoken in Spanish at the event was said by Núñez, stating that “Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans are united in the struggle for freedom.”
Ron DeSantis against communism
Back in July of last year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 5, SB 1108 and HB 233, which is designed to teach in schools about the evils of communism and totalitarian ideologies. It also pushes for civics instruction and education in public schools, from kindergarten through higher education.
Florida Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar celebrated Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision and assured that the evils of communism cannot be whitewashed in schools. Salazar affirmed that half of American teenagers believe that communism and socialism are good and most of them cannot differentiate between the Communist Manifesto and the Declaration of Independence.
The daughter of Cuban exiles said on Fox News that every governor in the United States should “follow suit” with DeSantis to educate young Americans about the dangers of communism, socialism and totalitarianism.