Donald Trump expressed his unconditional support for the Cuban people in their demand for freedom from the communist regime. But he also aimed at Joe Biden and Barack Obama for their complicity with the dictatorship that has ruled the Caribbean island for more than 60 years.
In a statement issued on July 12, Trump noted:
“I stand with the Cuban people 100% in their fight for freedom. The Government must let them speak and be free!”
The MAGA movement leader also took aim at Biden by asserting that the Democratic leader reversed his Administration’s tough stance toward Cuba.
In reality, the Democratic leader’s “soft” stance toward the island is not surprising.
When Trump was in the White House, Democrats criticized the Republican leader for being tough with the communist regime.
However, Trump stood firm in his stance because he understood that if he made concessions to Cuba, the only beneficiaries would be the top bureaucrats of the Communist Party and the Cuban military.
The Trump Administration’s anti-communist outlook showed a glaring contrast with respect to its successor in the White House.
When Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, Washington got very close to the Cuban regime by granting it a series of economic benefits to trade with the United States.
Such was the bond with Havana, that even the Democratic leader traveled to Cuba and shared several public events with the dictator Raul Castro where both were seen smiling and in an atmosphere of friendliness.
This is how Trump recalled it:
“Remember when Obama attended baseball games with Castros while they imprisoned, beat, and killed the Cuban people.”
This is why the former Republican president pointed out that this time Biden should not make the same mistake and should confront the communist regime:
“Joe Biden MUST stand up to the Communist regime or—history will remember. The Cuban people deserve freedom and human rights! THEY ARE NOT AFRAID!”
Trump’s statements came a day after the Cuban people took to the streets to demand freedom and call for an end to the dictatorship.
Cuba is facing an unprecedented scenario of protests and police repression, and for many dissidents, the economic, social, and political situation is so serious that there is no turning back.
One of those who believe that the Cuban people will continue in the streets, even despite any consequences, is Cuban doctor and dissident José Raúl Rodríguez Rangel.
Until his definitive departure from Cuba, Rodríguez Rangel was a leader of the United Anti-Totalitarian Forum (FANTU), a Cuban pro-democracy organization led by activist Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas.
He had this to say in an interview with the Spanish edition of The BL:
“People in Cuba are homeless. Not the physical house, the architecture. They have no place to live, they have nowhere to go back to. They don’t have that place to go. Because they can no longer see their children cry. They cannot go on watching their grandparents die in bed – there are so many testimonies—because there is no oxygen or the ambulance did not come to pick them up, and they died because of Covid-19. So who is going to come to a place where you are going to trip over your mom because there is no electric current or you are going to fall on the door because you can’t sleep? It’s like this. Most of those people [who are protesting in the streets] haven’t slept for two days because of the ‘apagones’ (power outages). Most of those people don’t have an aspirin for a headache. Most of those people haven’t eaten for three days. And they’re getting sick from Covid-19 with the delta variant.”
“And everybody knows that the government is responsible. But also the government doesn’t have an answer. That is why the protests are going to spread and the global demand is important because people simply have nowhere to go back to. People have to stay in the streets. There is no turning back. The government has no answer. It has already reached a place where there is no electricity, no food. But also people are dying, so what I am left with is the street. Let them kill me in the street. That’s what everyone is counting on. Let them kill me in the street because there’s no point in going home.”
Meanwhile, the parallels between what is happening in Cuba with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union are becoming more and more recurrent.
We will have to see in the coming days how the government reacts… and, above all, if the Cuban people remain unwavering in their demand for freedom.