Miami, Florida — Congresswoman Maria Salazar (FL-27) delivered this week’s Republican Address from the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.
Over the last several days, the world has witnessed powerful images, cries, and demonstrations coming out of Cuba. The Cuban people are risking everything for freedom, and they deserve our support. This is why Leader McCarthy created the Leader’s Advisory Team on Cuba — a bicameral group who will advise on the ongoing freedom protests and government atrocities in Cuba, develop policies to ensure the United States stands in solidarity with the Cuban freedom movement, and educate the American people on the tyranny of the communist regime in Havana.
Congresswoman Salazar was born in Little Havana as the daughter of Cuban exiles, and she has a strong message for those fighting for freedom in Cuba, as well as calls for the Biden Administration to step up in their defense.
“Socialism is socialism, no matter what word you put on the front of it. It is a sickness that crushes the soul. Cuba is the best example of this,” Congresswoman Salazar says. “Our founding fathers rejected it and entrenched individual rights in our Constitution for all to enjoy. The Cuban people want the same things that we have in America…liberty.”
“Today the Cuban People are crying out. They rally in the streets of Cuba, chanting LIBERTAD. Liberty. Yet for 62 years, Misery has become the Cuban birthright. The Communist Regime has ruled with violence, lies, and oppression.
“But no more.
“The Cuban people have nothing left. No rights and no freedom, but even more importantly: no fear. The world is watching as tens of thousands of Cubans take to the streets, but the regime is fighting back. The regime is a satanic nightmare.
“Internet blackouts, silence of the press, beating those on the streets. That is Cuba’s reality at this very moment. As the island goes dark, the Cuban people fight in the streets.
“The Biden Administration must act now to turn the lights back on so we can all see what’s happening.
“The United States invented the internet – and we know how to amplify it. They need the VPN’s to boost internet access to all Cubans. They need the ability to share their videos in order to expose the regime’s atrocities. They need a secure channel to upload them – just as Secretary Pompeo did when Iran cut internet 3 years ago, for killing their own people.
“Cuba is 90 miles from Miami, the distance between freedom and oppression. Worlds away but only hours apart.
“When Fidel Castro took power in 1959, he promised the riches of the world, and called it democratic socialism. This is the same false promise being brought to you today by liberal politicians, Hollywood, academia, and the legacy media.
“Socialism is socialism, no matter what word you put on the front of it. It is a sickness that crushes the soul. Cuba is the best example of this.
“Our founding fathers rejected it and entrenched individual rights in our Constitution for all to enjoy. The Cuban people want the same things that we have in America. The US is the bastion of liberty.
“We must not fail them again — just remember the Bay of Pigs — and we must support this spontaneous movement unconditionally – NOW!
“Long live freedom and the United States. Cuba Libre.”