Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is looking to deliver crucial aid to Cuban dissidents despite President Biden’s refusal to help in any way.
DeSantis is attempting to help the protesters by having Florida companies beam in internet services to groups coordinating protests on the ground in Havana.
DeSantis told Cuba’s exile community in Miami on Tuesday night that he is trying to convince Florida companies to beam in access to the internet, providing secure, open networks to Cuban dissidents so that they can continue to organize, even if the government moves in to shut down communication.
Cuba’s government shutdown the internet after images were released of the Communist country’s response to the historic pro-democracy protests.
“What does the regime do when you start to see these images? They shut down the internet. They don’t want the truth to be out, they don’t want people to be able to communicate,” DeSantis said, according to the Miami Herald. “And so one of the things I think we should be able to do with our private companies or with the United States is to provide some of that internet via satellite. We have companies on the Space Coast that launch these things.”
DeSantis did not specify how a company would be able to restore social media access to Cuba’s dissidents, but he did say that he would make a few calls to “see what are the options.”
In his speech, the Herald added, DeSantis refuted the White House’s contention that the protests are motivated by a lack of COVID-19 care and that food and medicine shortages happened in a vacuum, divorced from larger, ongoing issues with the island’s Communist government.
“Everyone here is in agreement in all of these fundamental truths and one of those truths is the people who are out in the streets revolting are not complaining about a lack of vaccine or for some tangential issue,” DeSantis said Tuesday night.
“They’re revolting against a corrupt, communist dictatorship that has ruled that island with an iron fist for over 60 years.”
Protesters have flooded Cuban streets calling for an end to the oppressive communist regime that has ruled over them for decades. The government has responded by “arresting, beating, and killing” protesters, according to reports.
Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel has threatened protesters to return to their homes and end all pro-democracy demonstrations. Reports said that the president is setting up a “civil war” in the country between the protesters and the regime’s supporters.
“The order to fight has been given – into the street, revolutionaries!” Diaz-Canal said Sunday. “We are calling on all the revolutionaries in the country, all the Communists, to hit the streets wherever there is an effort to produce these provocations.”
“We are not going to hand over the sovereignty or the independence of the people,” he said. “There are many revolutionaries in this country who are willing to give our lives, we are willing to do anything, and we will be in the streets fighting.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio pressed for more U.S. involvement in the struggle for democracy in Cuba in a speech from the Senate floor on Monday. Rubio, who is of Cuban descent, called on President Joe Biden to make it a “top priority to allow the people of Cuba to have free, unfettered open internet access.”
“The first lesson we need to take away from it is that Marxism, socialism, doesn’t work,” Rubio said. “The way socialism, the way Marxism has always worked, the way it’s always empowered itself, is it goes to the people and immediately divides them. It says there is an oppressor class and that there is this victim class and these evil oppressors, capitalists, in the case of socialism or traditional Marxism, they oppress the victims.”
“And when it can’t deliver the security, you don’t get your freedom back. And in fact, when you start to complain about that, that is when the repression comes,” he continued. “That’s what’s happened in Cuba.”
Author: David Searon
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