From Fox News:
Hundreds of Cuban American protesters blocked a major expressway in Miami on Tuesday demanding President Biden do more to support the people of Cuba.
“We need Biden’s support,” one man with a Cuban flag draped over his back told Fox News. “We haven’t gotten support from the president. So, we are trying to fight, to finish with the communism.”
Heavy rains did not stop many who police turned away when they reached the highway. The crowd chanted “SOS Cuba” as a line of cars forced to a standstill honked their horns.
Anti-government protests broke out in Cuba on Sunday as the communist island nation faces an economic crisis. At least 100 demonstrators, including activists and journalists, have been detained, Reuters reported.
“Biden, you should listen to the people here, the elected officials that are Cubans and know what is best for the people in Cuba,” a woman with a sweatshirt covering her head from the rain told Fox News in Miami. “So just hear us out and try to come together to see what we can do.”
Biden praised Cuban protesters Monday.
“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden’s statement followed allegations from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that the U.S. is funding the demonstrators.
“We are facing tremendous genocide in Cuba,” a a man holding an umbrella and wearing a beaded necklace with the Cuban flag told Fox News. “Joe Biden should help us. That’s what we are here for, asking for the White House to pronounce in favor of the people of Cuba.”
The man said the Biden administration needs to do more than provide verbal support.
Read the full report here.
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.
CRASH AND BERN: Biden Opens Up 50 POINT LEAD in Florida After Bernie’s Pro-Castro Remarks
Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden opened up an impressive lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Florida this week; with recent polls showing a near 50-point advantage for the former Vice President.
“Florida […] looks like it could be a near-catastrophe for Sanders. A poll from St. Pete Polls released Thursday morning gave Biden an enormous advantage of almost 50 points. In 2016, Sanders lost Florida to eventual nominee Hilary Clinton by more than 30 points,” reports The Hill.
Another survey has Biden at 61% in the Sunshine State, followed by Sanders at just 12%.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 5, 2020
Pollsters blame Sanders’ poor performance on his recent comments praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Sanders stunned viewers across the country last month when he publicly praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro; saying he implemented a “massive literacy program” in the island-nation once he “came into office.”
Sanders was speaking with 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper when he was asked if he stood-by comments he made years earlier praising the socialist revolutionary.
“He educated their kids, gave them healthcare, totally transformed the society,” said Sanders decades ago.
Bernie Sanders on 60 Minutes praises aspects of Fidel Castro's Cuba:
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but it’s unfair to say everything’s bad. When Castro came into office you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program.” pic.twitter.com/7ltjZ86cIb
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 24, 2020
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba. But you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad! When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders asked Cooper.
Watch Sanders’ stunning comments above.