Republican Senator Marco Rubio was critical of the leftist narrative that argues the deep economic crisis and the great social chaos suffered by Cuba due to an embargo imposed by the United States. According to the senator, the measures are aimed against the dictatorial communist state and not against the citizens.

During an interview with Newsmax this week, Senator Rubio from Florida assured that the embargo imposed by the United States is against the companies that are owned and controlled by the communist military army that rules the island. On the contrary, if free trade were allowed, citizens would be able to prosper without hindrance.

“There is no embargo on the Cuban people; if the Cuban people were allowed to freely commerce and open independent businesses, they could [thrive],” Rubio said.

As the son of Cuban exiles, Rubio represents an authorized voice to criticize the Castro dictatorship in Cuba because he has experienced first-hand the suffering and persecution of communism. 

Thus, when speaking of the Marxism that sustains the Cuban government, Rubio referred to it as a system of “absolute control,” which is not interested in the security or development of its people, despite its romantic speeches that indicate so, but is only interested in dividing society to be able to control it more easily, at the same time creating enemies to blame when the failures of the system become evident.

“And Marxism is about control. It isn’t about prosperity. It isn’t about security. It isn’t about being better off. It’s about dividing people and controlling them,” the senator said.

As the senator explained, all economic life in Cuba is organized and controlled by the ruling absolutist regime. Therefore, any economic opening made by the United States or any country that adheres to the embargo translates into an immediate benefit for its rulers and its Marxist control system, but it is not reflected in an improvement in the welfare of the people.

This has already happened in the past, with some of the benefits granted, which never implied improvements in Cuban society. Such is the case of the opening to tourism implemented by former President Barack Obama, which only “emboldened” and enriched the communist government of Cuba but was not shared with the people, Rubio emphasized.

“So they said, ‘thank you for sending us tourists in the Obama opening. They have to go to the hotels that we control and we own. Thank you for allowing more money to be sent to family members. We’re going to take a 10% cut, and then we’re going to force it to become a local currency so we can keep the dollars for ourselves and use it in our stockpile and for our purchases,” he said.

The communist regime knows that the only way out for prosperity is to provide freedom to its people, but it is also aware that if it gives away that freedom, the regime would automatically fall.

In this sense, Rubio assured: “They cannot allow an opening to benefit the Cuban people, because the day the Cuban people can provide food for their own families and not have to rely on the government, they lose control over them.”

Thousands of Cubans dared on Sunday, July 11 to challenge Cuba’s communist regime by uniting their voices in a single cry for “freedom” and demanding the immediate resignation of de facto President Miguel Diaz-Canel. Cubans joined the protests by taking to the streets from Havana to Santiago de Cuba in what is considered the largest anti-government demonstration since the beginning of the dictatorship.

The protests erupted amid the country’s worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union, its former ally, and boosted after a record increase in those infected by COVID-19, international media reported.

But the protesters in the streets were not calling to lift the U.S. embargo, Rubio noted. Only those few supporters of the regime are clamoring against the United States, still attracted by the narrative that invites fulfillment of the false promise of a supposedly better life under communism.