Protesting the Cuban government, as a Cuban, is a dangerous, scary, and sometimes deadly proposition. That’s why it’s not a surprise that family, friends, and supporters of the anti-Communism Cuban protesters who live in America are literally begging the U.S. president to lend a helping hand.
According to the Washington Examiner, that was evidenced at the start of the week as thousands of sympathetic protesters, many of them Cuban Americans, gathered at the gates of the White House, pleading with President Joe Biden to step in and help their family and friends back home.
The protesters made one simple, yet powerful demand of the president: “Libertad,” or “liberty,” in English.
“[We want] the Biden administration to intervene,” one protester reportedly told the Examiner.
Lafayette Square was packed with thousands of sympathetic protesters, from children to senior citizens and everyone in between. Shirts and signs with slogans like “Free Cuba from Communists,” could be seen everywhere.
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The large group reported marched two miles down the road to the Cuban Embassy, where they repeated their calls for liberty for the people stuck on the island where, thanks to its Communist government, they’re short on food, water, basic supplies, and communications tools such as the internet.
While the Biden administration has announced new sanctions against the Cuban military for their treatment of protesters who were nonviolent and simply speaking their minds, a number of high-profile Republicans, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) demanded the Biden administration do more to help the Cuban people, who are clearly sick and tired of how they’re governed.
“Over 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan demanded that communists ‘tear down this wall.’ We need to hear that from Joe Biden today: Tear down this wall,” Crenshaw added. “Tear down this wall of oppression, tear down the 60 years of abuse, torture, suppression of freedom. It must end now. It must be sent to the ash heap of history.”