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Statement from Florida Democratic Party Chair One Month After Massive Freedom Protests in Cuba

Exactly one month ago, on July 11, 2021, the people of Cuba took to the streets to protest against the island’s communist regime and the oppressive conditions the Cuban people have endured daily for decades under that country’s dictatorship.

In recognition of this important date, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz released the following statement:

“One month ago, the people of the world heard the anguished cries of the Cuban people, a people whose voice had been silenced for far too long by the island’s cruel regime. Some across the world have chosen to either downplay or politicize those pleas for ‘Libertad.’ Others, like President Joe Biden and the members of his administration, have boldly stepped up to support these brave men and women in their struggle. As the son of a former Cuban political prisoner, the hardships that have afflicted those on the island have never been far from my heart and mind. That is why I am pleased to know that President Biden not only heard the pleas of the Cuban people, but has become personally committed to putting the power of the U.S. government behind efforts to help Cubans in their fight for freedom.

“Since the protests began, sanctions on the regime have been expanded, our diplomatic officials have redoubled their efforts to consolidate international support for the Cuban people and initiatives have been launched to study ways to bring free internet access to the country’s citizens, to enable direct financial support to them without the dictatorship’s interference and to safely expand our diplomatic presence on the island. I am thankful that the Biden administration has put this issue on the front burner. I am convinced of the President’s deep and sincere commitment to the cause of the Cuban people and I am heartened by the President’s own words on his moves to support them: this is only the beginning.”

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