Miami Mayor Asks US to Lead International Intervention in Cuba

Attending a demonstration in the Little Havana section of Miami, where hundreds had gathered in Sunday outside the Cuban Versailles restaurant, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez called for international intervention led by the United States to protect Cubans from a bloodbath, NBC reports.

At the same time, another three US Representatives – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos A. Gimenez and Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar released a joint statement in solidarity with the protests in Cuba, pointing that now, more than ever, the United States must support Cuban’s struggle for freedom.

They pointed that the humanitarian crisis Cuba faces at the moment is one more symptom of the incompetence and absolute cruelty of the Cuban regime that uses savage violence against the people peacefully demonstrating in the streets.

Salazar believes this moment is the beginning of the end of the regime on the island after thousands of coronavirus cases in one day, lack of food and medical staff.

Thousands of Cubans were seen flooding the streets on Sunday in protest against food shortages, high prices, the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and a lethargic vaccination rollout in the country which has been under a US embargo for almost 60 years, preventing the arrival of humanitarian aid to the island nation during the pandemic.

Protests took place in eight cities including the capital of Havana with counter-marches of government and communist supporters happening at the same time in five cities following the call from the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to fight back.

He personally joined the marches in the San Antonio de los Banos municipality of Havana, where he claimed that some the participants in massive protests has been paid by the United States to entice unrest.

Diaz-Canel later addressed in a televised speech urging Cubans to remain calm and denouncing what he called a smear campaign unleashed by the US and warned that further provocations would not be tolerated.

According to state-run media, Diaz-Canel is due to make another address to the nation on Monday.

President Joe Biden vowed to continue Ex-US President Barack Obama’s policies, minor steps towards normalizing relations with Cuba, reversed by the Trump administration that returned Cuba to the US list of state-supporters of terrorism.

Yet, his administration’s review of the US policy toward Cuba has not progressed over the past five months, ostensibly because of, as The Washington Post claimed in June, its current low priority for the White House.

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