Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Miami Thursday to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Cuba; saying the people there are “engaged in the noble cause of fighting a communist dictatorship.”
“The people of Cuba are engaged in the noble cause of fighting against a communist dictatorship. One of the most effective things we can do as a country to support the Cuban people is to get internet connectivity back on the island. Time is of the essence in Cuba,” said the Governor.
Watch live: Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference in Miami on his request urging the Biden Administration to help provide internet access to the Cuban people. #SOSCuba https://t.co/VSn4hIuqBK
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 15, 2021
The one thing that communist regimes fear the most is the truth. If we’re able to help the people of Cuba communicate amongst themselves and to the outside world, the truth will prevail. I am calling on President Biden to step up and help provide internet to the Cuban people. pic.twitter.com/pFJCkFJYGk
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 15, 2021
“The one thing that communist regimes fear the most is the truth. If we’re able to help the people of Cuba communicate amongst themselves and to the outside world, the truth will prevail. I am calling on President Biden to step up and help provide internet to the Cuban people,” he added.
Watch DeSantis’ comments above.
BIDEN STATE DEPT: Cuban Protesters ‘Expressing Concerns About Rising COVID Cases’
A top official at the US State Department weighed-in on the growing pro-democracy protests sweeping Cuba over the weekend; stating that demonstrators are unhappy with “rising COVID cases and medicine shortages.”
“Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need,” posted Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung.
Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.
— Julie Chung (@WHAAsstSecty) July 11, 2021
Pro-Democracy protests erupted across Cuba Sunday evening as demonstrators demand liberty, greater economic opportunities, and access to COVID-19 vaccines as the Communist regime targets some journalists and other reformers.
Frustration with the dictatorships incompetence,greed & repression is mounting rapidly pic.twitter.com/eSAr8Xrxpf
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2021
— Mag Jorge Castro🇨🇺 (@mjorgec1994) July 11, 2021
Tens of thousands of people in #Cuba are protesting at this very moment.
The regime is shutting off the internet on the island. The Castro dictatorship doesn’t want the world to see what’s happening.
— María Elvira Salazar 🇺🇸 (@MaElviraSalazar) July 11, 2021
— Yusnaby Pérez (@Yusnaby) July 11, 2021
Massive Protests in the streets of Cuba right now pic.twitter.com/7H0KkR7ueX
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 11, 2021
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
DeSANTIS STEPS IN: FL Gov Writes to Biden, Urges US to ‘Provide Internet Access’ Into Cuba
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Joe Biden this week; asking the Commander-in-Chief to use American technology to provide internet access across Cuba.
“I write to urge you to assist in providing Internet access to the people of Cuba standing up against communist oppression and demanding a voice after decades of suffering under the yoke of a cruel dictatorship,” DeSantis wrote. “As you know, the Cuban people are taking to the streets to protest the Communist regime, and the Cuban government has responded with violence. At first, the world could see the images and videos of this mass movement, but now the tyrannical regime of President Miguel Díaz-Canel has shut off access to the Internet. The Cuban people have lost their ability to communicate with one another, and many Floridians born in Cuba have no information on the safety of their loved ones. Equally as important, the world has also lost the ability to see what is happening on the ground as the Cuban people rise in support of freedom.”
DeSantis Sends Letter To Biden Admin Over Cuba Crisis https://t.co/ZkuVwhW1Pm
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 15, 2021
“Technology exists to provide Internet access into Cuba remotely, using the innovation of American enterprise and the diverse industries here,” he continued. “Similar to the American efforts to broadcast radio into the Soviet Union during the Cold War in Europe, the federal government has a history of supporting the dissemination of information into Cuba for the Cuban people through Radio & Televisión Martí, located in Miami. In addition to sending information, however, our efforts must include creating a means for the Cuban people to speak to the world.”
“I urge you to act immediately to provide all necessary authorizations, indemnifications, and funding to American businesses with the capability to provide Internet access for the people of Cuba,” DeSantis wrote. “Steps must be taken immediately. Internet access for the Cuban people is of critical importance as they stand up against the repressive Communist government. In the hands of these brave individuals, such access may be the key to finally bringing democracy to the island.”