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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on Wednesday that the Biden administration “has been too weak” in making decisions regarding the events in Cuba and urged the president to convene the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the international community to condemn what the Cuban regime is doing to its citizens after three days since Cubans rose up against the dictatorship of Miguel Diaz-Canel.
“What needs to happen here is a forceful response, this needs to be a bipartisan issue, this doesn’t have to be a Democratic or Republican issue. President Biden must take this seriously and that is what I have clearly asked him to do, we must all come together and act on it,” the senator said.
“I have told President Biden that we are going to convene the UN, the OAS and all the countries of the international community so that they see that in Cuba a massacre is taking place, an abuse, and this regime must be condemned,” he added.
The Cuban senator for the state of Florida said that Biden should be prepared to act internationally to “prevent a massacre that is happening 90 miles from the U.S. coast,” he said.
Marco Rubio in a video he posted on Twitter was concerned about the latest events in Cuba, where people, he said, have been deprived of electricity, water, food and Internet.
“The frustration about what is happening in Cuba has to be understood, we are seeing people being abused, attacked, killed, imprisoned and disappeared. They have entered their homes and taken the children out so that with sticks they can attack their own people. And to think that this is going to stay like this, that nothing is going to happen and that there will be no action on this, we have to understand the anxiety that exists, because I share it”, emphasized the senator.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the dictatorship shouting “freedom!” in an unprecedented day that resulted in hundreds of arrests and clashes after Diaz-Canel warned his supporters to go out and confront the demonstrators.
The protests, the strongest to have occurred in Cuba since the so-called “maleconazo” of August 1994, took place with the country mired in a serious economic and health crisis, with the pandemic out of control and severe shortages of food, medicines and other basic products, in addition to long power cuts.