The Biden administration and other prominent Democrats have been struggling to respond to the growing anti-Communist protests roiling Cuba, as Republican politicians, particularly in Florida, are promoting messages of solidarity.
The White House finally released a statement Monday after a weekend of clashes, claiming protests were about “relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic,” among demands for freedom from Cuba’s “authoritarian” leadership — without mentioning the Communist dictatorship.
“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” the statement read.
The sentiment echoed a tweet from Acting Assistant Secretary of State Julie Chung, which claimed the protests were caused by “concern about rising Covid cases/deaths & medicine shortages.”
Cuban demonstrators in Madrid, Spain, protest outside the Spanish lower chamber to ask the Cuban government to “not