Cuban Leader Calls For Confronting Protesters, State Dept Official Calls Protests Concern Over COVID

Cubans waving the American flag. Credit: Yusnaby Perez/Twitter.

Thousands of Cubans poured into the streets in cities around the country, including in the capital city of Havana.

We reported how the police responded, with some attacking the protesters, some being overwhelmed and chased away, with others joining the protesters.

The present leader of the country, President Miguel Diaz-Canel ordered “revolutionaries” (translation: Communist party loyalists) into the streets against the massive crowds calling for freedom and he blamed the U.S. for the people rising up. “The order to fight has been given – into the street, revolutionaries!” he said in an address.

He orders them to “confront’ people in the street.

“We will do everything,” he says, to hold onto the ‘revolution'(translation: to hold onto their power).

It’s basically a call to combat and an invitation to civil war. But it remains to be seen how many people will answer that as it seems that at least at the moment the numbers are on the side of the protesters.

Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung called for calm and expressed concern for “calls for combat.”

But you notice what she doesn’t do? She doesn’t mention the calls against Communism, falsely framing it as a COVID issue. Who made those calls for combat? There’s a “both sides” thing to the second tweet, there’s no condemnation of the government at all. There’s no warning to the government.

We saw that same problem with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s response yesterday as well, framing it as about “food and medicine.” Now, obviously, that’s a part of it, but it’s because of 62 years of Communism and as the protesters are saying, they’ve had enough. It’s a huge thing for them to be saying, and a big risk of their lives to do it. If you’re not even recognizing that’s what it’s about, you’re refusing to recognize what they are truly risking their lives for – freedom.

The best response from the administration so far was from Jake Sullivan as he tried to clean up Julie Chung’s comments after she got backlash for her comments.

But once again, he doesn’t make that recognition about what’s really going on in the country nor does he condemn the actions already taken against the protesters.