On July 23, 2021, it was announced that the United States Government would impose sanctions on Cuba in response to mass recent protests in the region. Various Cuban officials, including military and political leaders. Alvaro Lopez Miera was one of the officials named to have played a significant role in the repression of protests. Anti-government protests were ignited by widespread shortages of food, medicine, and other basic goods in the midst of rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases, prices due to inflation, and power outages. Protesters were met with harsh responses by police.
President Diaz-Canal in a televised conference stated that he wants “social peace and tranquillity, showing respect and solidarity toward one another and other needy people of the world” as he blamed the unrest on “an enormous media campaign against Cuba” and a “deliberate campaign of unconventional warfare” instigated by the United States. The Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa stated in a conference that, “The communist regime has taken so much from the Cuban people, that it has even robbed them of their fear, and they are now in the streets demanding freedom … Their peaceful demonstrations in the face of beatings, shootings, and kidnappings have inspired the world, and we must stand and support them.” The United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has urged Cuba and its government to release protesters and journalists caught up and arrested in the protests.
These protests are an important human right that the people of Cuba hold in revolting against the Cuban government’s inability to provide them with their basic human needs. The issue in these protests is the forceful retaliation of the police to suppress the people. It has been apparent throughout history, in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and Nazi Germany, that this strict control over a country and its people is unsuccessful, and often leads to violence as the people fight for their liberty and freedom.
Since 1965 and the Cold War, Cuba has been governed by the Communist Party. For over 60 years, Cuba has been the subject of revolution and U.S. sanctions. It is common that the Cuban people have sought out a better life and have immigrated to, or attempted to, immigrate to other nations. This has placed mass pressure on the Cuban Communist country, and there are reports that Communism within the country may be ending soon. Find some of these opinions here. Further, analysts have noted similarities between other South American countries include Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Colombia. In fact, Colombia is under fire from international organizations for backing the Cuban protesters, when they have been subject to protests in their own backyard.
It is likely, and unfortunate for the people of Cuba, that Communist Cuba will collapse, before it rebuilds. In this, the United States, United Nations, and other international organizations, should be supportive of the people in Cuba, allow them to flee peacefully, and ensure that the safety and security of lives are prioritized.
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