Photo: U.S. Senators Marco Rubio & Marsha Blackburn
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Published July 20, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) led a Senate resolution (S. Res. 303) in support of the Cuban people as they protest six decades of repression and tyranny under the Castro and Díaz-Canel regimes.
“The freedom-loving people of Cuba have drawn a line in the sand; it is time for the communist Cuban regime to crumble. Cuban citizens have suffered for far too long at the hands of ruthless authoritarians who silence, imprison, and kill proponents of a free and democratic society. The ongoing protests are a heroic demonstration of courage, and America cannot waver in our wholehearted support of the Cuban people,” Blackburn said.
The resolution highlights the dictatorship’s long record of oppressing pro-democracy leaders, political opponents, and civic movements.
“The Cuban people are courageously standing up for their freedoms after 62 years of subjugation under a communist dictatorship. This is truly a historic moment, and one that as a Cuban American I’m proud to witness. The people of Cuba have made their voices clear. We must stand in support of the Cuban people’s ongoing efforts to live in a nation free from tyranny and censorship,” Rubio said.
Following this weekend’s wave of historic peaceful protests, the regime has once again arbitrarily detained José Daniel Ferrer, leader of Cuba’s Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, leader of the San Isidro Movement, and 200 other Cubans.
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Joining Blackburn and Rubio in introducing the resolution are Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Shelley Moore-Capito (R-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and James Risch (R-Idaho).
Senator Rick Scott said, “This week, the heroic freedom fighters across Cuba have struck fear throughout the brutal Castro dictatorship and shown incredible determination in the fight to regain their freedom and put an end to the oppressive communist Cuban regime. For decades, the Castro regime has tried to spread communism throughout Latin America and now, with the world watching, the Cuban people are saying no more. Now more than ever, the United States must stand strong in its support of liberty and democracy for the Cuban people and make clear that we will never stop fighting for a new day of freedom in Cuba.”
Senator Tim Scott stated that the United States must be crystal clear in support of the Cuban citizens who are standing up to the “oppressive socialist regime that has robbed its people of their freedom for too long.”
“The eyes of the world are fixed on the protesters demanding their God-given rights. As they wave the American flag in the streets of Cuba, we are reminded of what America symbolizes for people around the globe and our responsibility to declare with a unified voice: We stand for freedom and justice everywhere,” T. Scott said.
Senator Thom Tillis stated that America stands with the Cuban people and their “calls for freedom and opportunity after decades of oppression by the communist regime.”
“Throughout history we’ve watched communism fail and freedom prevail,” Senator Daines said, “As thousands of Cubans stand up against oppression, America and our allies must stand with them in their fight for liberty.”
Senator Kennedy stated that the U.S. Congress and President Biden should stand with the people of Cuba against the Communist regime now and in the days to come.
“Cubans are risking their safety to demand freedom and the blessings that come with it. America must support Cubans in their historic struggle for liberty,” Kennedy said.
Senator Capito stated that at this critical moment, America should be “united and steadfast in our support for those seeking these fundamental human rights.”
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Cuba and their rejection of communist oppression,” Capito said, “I am inspired by their courage as they join together to fight for freedom and liberty against tyranny.”
Senator Cruz recounted his family’s own history living under a Communist regime.
“The Cuban regime has committed murder, torture, and egregious human rights abuses against generations of Cubans. My family knows all too well the evil of the Communist Cuban regime, as my father was imprisoned and tortured by Batista, as was my aunt by Castro. This story is all too familiar to too many Cubans. The American people stand with the freedom loving people of Cuba.”
About the Author:
Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative
Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com