90 Miles from the United States Border, Communism is on America's Doorstep
Time to Free Cuba and Rid our Hemisphere of Communism
America and Cuba Intertwined
"China firmly opposes foreign interference in Cuba's internal affairs, firmly supports what Cuba has done in fighting COVID-19, improving people's livelihood and upholding social stability, and firmly supports Cuba in exploring a development path suited to its national conditions," Zhao said. "I'd like to stress that China stands ready to work with Cuba to implement the important consensus of the two heads of state and is firmly committed to deepening friendly relations between the two countries."
"In this situation, where the United States is primarily responsible for the many problems created for the Cuban people," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters Tuesday, "it is trying to appear as a supporter of the Cuban protests and has tried to interfere in the internal affairs of this country in a blatant violation of international rules."
MIAMI – Cuba’s key allies are Russia and China. Cuban exiles in Miami warned the internet blackouts and arbitrary arrests that Cubans are reporting on the island are straight out of their authoritarian handbook.
Gutiérrez-Boronat, 55, of the Cuban Democratic Directorate, a Miami-based organization that advocates for democracy in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, said he fears a violent crackdown.
“We are asking for the international community led by the United States to intervene, to protect the Cuban people from a bloodbath and to bring this regime to an end,” Gutiérrez-Boronat said during a news conference Monday in Miami-Dade County.
The #SOSCuba protesters, who took to the streets in Cuba and Miami, say they want the international community to join the movement for change in the troubled communist island.
Gutiérrez-Boronat had a message for U.S. President Joe Biden: “The vast majority of Cuban Americans, this great voting block, will be grateful to you for helping to bring down this regime.”
President Joe Biden released a statement Monday: “The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”
Gutiérrez-Boronat was born in Havana about four years after the failed CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion. Some of his family memories in Cuba include his father surviving a work camp.
Gutiérrez-Boronat was a boy when his parents fled the late Fidel Castro’s crush on dissent in 1971 in a “Freedom Flight” to Spain. He also lived in Nicaragua before moving to Miami.
Gutiérrez-Boronat was a young teenager when he was known as “Orlandito” among exiled members of Alpha 66, an anti-Castro paramilitary organization based out of Miami-Dade County.
Gutiérrez-Boronat earned a doctorate from the University of Miami on the philosophy of international studies. He co-founded the Cuban Democratic Directorate, which supports Cuba’s 2018 San Isidro Movement, or MSI, artists against government censorship.
Improvements in internet connectivity in Cuba have helped their cause. Despite restrictions on access to information, most Cubans in Havana were able to access social media on their mobile phones by 2018.
MSI supported a digital campaign against government propaganda known as “Patria y Vida,” Spanish for “Homeland and Life.” Castro’s rallying cry of “Socialism or Death” and Che Guevara’s “Homeland or Death” are on display on billboards and murals around the country.
Many Cuban Americans in South Florida can pin the deaths of their ancestors in Cuba to orders by Castro or Guevara. During their violent uprising, Cuban exiles said dissenters who were caught were either executed or tortured in prison.
Their reign of fear didn’t end after their deaths, but when Raul Castro took power he was more interested in economic reform. The world’s two great communist powers had adopted authoritarian capitalism, so he was open to partnerships on infrastructure.
The Castro regime’s priorities changed and Cuban exiles strategies have shifted. The popular movement for political change in Cuba boiled up into large nationwide protests Sunday and public demonstrations continued Monday. Gutiérrez-Boronat said the protests were unprecedented.
“We are living in key moments in the history of Cuba right now,” Gutiérrez-Boronat said.
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart wrote he was concerned about reports that José Daniel Ferrer Cantillo Jr. and his father José Daniel Ferrer, of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, or UNPACU, had vanished Sunday afternoon. There was activity on Ferrer’s Twitter account Monday afternoon.
“As the Cuban people are protesting the regime’s malevolence, we must remember that its evils have extended well beyond its borders,” Diaz-Balart wrote.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio attributed the “grassroots protests in over 32 cities” to misery, repression, and lies.
“While the socialist’s regime in Cuba is attacking unarmed protestors, the socialist regime in Venezuela is at this very moment moving to abduct President Juan Guaido,” Rubio tweeted Monday afternoon.
Protesters said countless patients have died at home without treatment because hospitals have been overwhelmed. Opposition activists say they want the freedom to push for political change.
“A national uprising is taking place against communist tyranny in Cuba,” Gutiérrez-Boronat said.
Other protesters say people need to do whatever it takes to stop the food and medicine shortages in Cuba and get effective vaccines to people’s arms as fast as possible. Cuban and Cuban-American protesters and their supporters say they are tired of the 62-year-old regime’s inability to protect life and dignity.
From Andy Fuqua:
"For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them." (Proverbs 1:32, NIV)
Complacency is the realm of fools. We become complacent when we think we're good. We think we don't struggle with sin in a certain area. Or maybe we think we have it all figured out. Whatever the reason, we start to rest on our laurels at home, at work, or at church. Often, past success can easily turn into complacency. But complacency is dangerous. When we're over-confident, we're ripe for failure. We've all seen the upset ball games where the underdog unexpectedly defeats a top-ranked team because they were too assured of victory. When we're complacent, we stop depending on the Lord. We stop asking for His strength. We feel secure in our own abilities or situation while being unaware of the potential danger of sin that is crouching at our door, ready to spring.2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." When we acknowledge our weakness, we make room for the Lord's power to work in us. Where am I complacent? What do I not pray about? My prayer for this week is that the Lord will show you where you've grown secure in your own strength, and where you just might need to rely on Him all the more.
COMPLACENCY HAS SPREAD TO THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE IGNORED CUBA, AND WE ARE IGNORING WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR OWN COUNTRY.
"Until Cuba returns to Freedom, America is not safe. That same COMPLACENCY, over time, will destroy America. Clean our Hemisphere by supporting People who desperately crave Freedom. Bring reality, not complacency back to America and bring true freedom to Cuba.."
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