Coco Fusco — a Cuban-American artist who is critical of the island’s communist government — said that editors at The New York Times muted her recent opinion piece about widespread anti-regime protests.
On August 7, Fusco and Cuban political scientist Armando Chaguaceda wrote an essay debunking the claim that the American trade embargo is a leading cause of the protest movement.
“For anyone following the demonstrations closely, it’s easy to see what the protesters are really calling for,” they explained. “Through the intrepid efforts of independent journalists who labor under constant threat, we have been given an unfiltered glimpse of these calls for freedom — the last thing that the country’s leadership wants anyone to see — as well as the state’s predictably harsh reaction.”
As mentioned by Fusco and Chaguaceda, the Black Lives Matter movement issued a statement alleging that the unrest is attributable to the embargo. Likewise, the Democratic Socialists of America — of which Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and