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HAVANA, July 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – At least one protester has been killed and the number of Cubans missing continues to rise amid a brutal crackdown by the communist regime following historic demonstrations this week.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Cuba’s Interior Ministry said that one man, Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, 36, died “during a clash between protesters and police” in Arroyo Naranjo, near Havana. The death toll from the government’s clampdown is undoubtedly far higher, however. Videos posted to social media have shown police shooting protesters, including in their homes, and savagely beating people.
— Cubanet ���� (@CubanetNoticias) July 13, 2021
Footage published by Cubanet, a dissident news outlet, shows a protester bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head, apparently in the city of Santiago de Cuba, Breitbart reported. Bystanders shouted, “they killed him!”
Independent Cuban newspaper 14 y Medio has also reported that at least one death occurred in the province of Mayabeque and that around 2,000 people were injured in one city.
Esto no es un enfrentamiento contra un ejército extranjero… estas son las fuerzas policiales del gobierno cubano disparando con armas largas a civiles desarmados… pero claro, ahora @DiazCanelB dice que los heridos los pusieron ellos… no me jodan#SOSCuba pic.twitter.com/eatKwynJPz
— Mag Jorge Castro���� (@mjorgec1994) July 15, 2021
Cuban organizations have documented over 200 missing persons in the wake of the protests, which broke out in at least five dozen locations on Sunday and continued in parts of the island into Monday, according to Cubanet.
A list compiled by the legal assistance organization Cubalex has identified more than 250 individuals who have disappeared or been detained since the demonstrations, as of Wednesday.
Those missing include dissident leaders, like José Daniel Ferrer, head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, leader of a collective of dissident artists in Havana.
Security forces had detained Father Castor Álvarez, a Catholic priest and critic of the communist government, on Sunday, after he attended protests and reportedly defended protesters. Fr. Álvarez was released the following day, though with a visible head wound, Global Liberty Alliance (GLA) confirmed. A Catholic seminarian remained uncounted for yesterday, however, according to GLA.
14 y Medio has estimated the full number of Cubans detained or under investigation to be roughly 5,000, citing reports by civil society groups and on social media. Unauthorized protests and other public gatherings are criminalized in Cuba, and authorities have arbitrarily arrested around 30,000 people in the last five years, often for criticizing the government.
Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel, who succeeded Raúl Castro in 2018, vowed a violent response to the protest movement, issuing a “combat order” to fellow communists on Sunday. “We’re calling on all of the revolutionaries in the country, all of the communists, to come out onto the streets and to go to the places where these provocations are going to take place,” he said. “The combat order is given: To the streets, revolutionaries.”
The Biden Administration has incredibly given permission to U.S. embassies to fly the Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag alongside the American flag for the rest of the year.
This order is an outrageous and insulting affront to American identity and sovereignty, and must be rescinded immediately!
Please SIGN this petition to demand that U.S. embassies around the world fly the American flag ONLY!
According to a leaked memo, quoted below and published by Human Events News on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged embassies to push Black Lives Matter messaging and authorized them to "hang BLM flags" "for calendar year 2021."
"As outlined below, Chiefs of Mission may decide to hang BLM flags, as appropriate and depending on local context. This cable constitutes a blanket written authorization for calendar year 2021 from the Under Secretary for Management (M) to display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission."
"The Department supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content, speeches, and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on May 25 and beyond. We encourage posts to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact."
Of course, eliminating racism is a positive thing, but NOT by promoting the Black Lives Matter organization or movement which have been linked to the following radical actions and ideas:
- Violent protests and the general destabilization of our society
- Defunding of our police departments
- The overthrow of the nuclear family
- Perpetual marxist revolution
Only a miniscule proportion of the American population supports the radical ideology and actions of the BLM organization and movement. In fact, polling shows that a strong majority of Americans believe that "All Lives Matter," rather than just the lives of just one race of Americans.
The Biden Administration's promotion of this Leftist symbolism and ideology is both dangerous and deliberately misleading.
And, it is the worst kind of virtue signaling, as the message being sent to the rest of the world is: "Get on board with the radical, marxist and revolutionary ideology of the BLM organization and movement if you want a favorable response from the United States government."
This kind of cultural imperialism and coercion is downright insulting to our allies and partners abroad.
But, it also demonstrates how the current U.S. administration is beholden to the radical leftist element of the Democratic Party -- which is downright insulting to most average Americans.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition demanding that the U.S. Department of State rescind permission to fly the BLM flag at U.S. embassies around the world.
Then, please CONTACT the Department of State by email or by telephone, to politely, but firmly, demand that only the U.S. flag, and not the BLM flag, be flown at U.S. diplomatic installations.
The State Department may be contacted by email at this webpage: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
The Office of the Secretary of State may be contacted at this telephone number: 202-647-4000
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Indeed, counterintelligence officers and brigades of Communist Party militants poured into Havana on Monday, alongside increased police contingents, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Cuban regime has repeatedly blocked internet access as well, and network monitoring organization Kentiks has said that the entire island lost connection temporarily Sunday afternoon before hours of sporadic outages. Netblocks, another internet monitoring group, also said that access to social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram, had been blocked.
Cuba’s relatively new internet service is run by state-controlled company Etecsa.
Further reports and images that have managed to come out of Cuba in recent days appear to show government forces forcibly recruiting young men, as in an article by Diario de Cuba.