Thousands of citizens of Cuba, which has been under a US embargo for almost 60 years, preventing the arrival of humanitarian aid to the island nation during the pandemic, took to the streets on Sunday in protests driven by food shortages, high prices, COVID-19 restrictions and a lethargic vaccination rollout.
As images have surfaced showing thousands of Cubans flooding the streets in protest against poor economic conditions and the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, MIAMI Mayor Francis Suarez called for international intervention led by the United States “to protect the Cuban people from a bloodbath.”
Suarez attended a demonstration in the Little Havana section of Miami, where hundreds had gathered outside the Cuban Versailles restaurant.
Three US Representatives – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Carlos A. Gimenez (FL-26), and Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27) – released a joint statement in solidarity with the protests in Cuba.
Amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases associated with the arrival of the Delta variant of the virus, with health authorities reporting a record 6,923 cases and 47 deaths on Sunday, the island republic is suffering from the crippling fallout from US sanctions imposed by the administration of former president Donald Trump.
People have also been brought out into the streets over a worrying lack of food, medicine and other basic products.
Thousands of Cubans, from Havana to Santiago, turned out for the Sunday…