Florida Leaders and U.S. Congress Blamed for Cuban unrest!
by Brian Patrick Moore, August 3, 2021
Photo: Tampa Bay Times. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, U.S. Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.
The U.S. blockade of Cuba was publicly protested the last two Saturdays in west-central Florida, blaming the cause of Cuba’s social unrest and suffering on the 60 plus years of an American embargo, and not on a repressive Cuban government.
Demonstration photos were taken by fellow protestor Harriet Heywood, on July 24 & 31st, 2021.
[note: Attempted, unsuccessfully, to also post photos of Harriet, but they can be found in attached link below]
The two demonstrators laid the blame squarely on both the Democratic and Republican leadership, nationally (Biden & U.S. Congress), and in Florida (Rubio, Scott & DeSantis), as well as singling out the Cuban-American communities in Miami, Tampa and Orlando for their participatory roles in causing their countrymen’s destitution and poverty!
The link below displays 15 pictures of the demonstration, signs and traffic evoking demonstrative reactions from passing cars, pedestrians and lines of people attending the Weeki Wachee Springs Park mermaid shows across from the demonstration.
[15 photos in this link]
Effective Immediately, Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Spring Hill, Florida (Hernando County):
Two small but effective demonstrations to protest the American embargo of Cuba occurred on successive Saturday mornings, July 24th and 31st, in Spring Hill, Florida, at a main Hernando County artery, across the street from an overflow crowd of Weeki Wachee Springs state park attendees.
One man left his car in the nearby CVS parking lot verbally reprimanding the protestors as he approached them yelling “Castro is killing people!" Another driver on nearby US Highway 19 rolled down his window saying “…you wouldn’t be demonstrating if you lived in Cuba!” Passerbys gave thumbs up and thumbs down, honking in support or yelling in anger. Surprisingly, one car, painted in “SOSCuba” hashtags, gave a thumbs up not realizing the protesters were criticizing their group’s false blame for protests in Cuba on the need for "Cuban freedom."
Demonstrator, Harriet Heywood, of the Trade Justice Alliance, severely criticized President Biden’s newest sanctions on Cuba, the U.S. Congress’s re-enforcement of limiting remittances to Cuban families, and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis for “his erroneous message of supporting Cubans who are protesting a repressive dictatorial government." In fact, Ms. Heywood added, "Gov. DeSantis' own actions as a former U.S. Congressman prolonged America’s blockade and embargo of Cuba, thereby undercutting the governor's own rationale for the Cuban protests.”
"The Democrats and Republicans have caused all the human misery in Cuba,” stated Brian Moore, also a civic activist and coordinator of the NatureCoast Coalition for Social Justice. Moore held a sign accusing the United States of “genocide" and that "its actions have been a ‘war crime' in the making for six decades!” Moore hopes that the Geneva Convention "will try the United States Congress' collective responsibilities,” which is defined by the Convention as applying punishment to each member of a group (i.e. both Republicans and Democrats) regardless of the member’s involvement in the group’s actions and conduct.
The two protesters put the blame solely on an American foreign policy based on the following April, 1960 U.S. Government memorandum from the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Lester Mallory, who called for “denying money and supplies to Cuba to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of [the Cuban] government.”
Following are some signs displayed by the demonstrators, and are pictured in the enclosed links:
1) Stop U.S. Embargo and U.S. Sanctions on Cuba!
2) Stop the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba!
3) Democrats/Republicans responsible for Cubans’ starvation, illness, no $$, no jobs!
4) Cuban-Americans supported U.S. Embargo for 60 years, causing Cuba’s misery!
5) Demand American reparations $$ for Cuban citizens “in Cuba."
6) Advocate a Marshall Plan for Cuba!
7) END THE BLOCKADE!
8) HANDS OFF CUBA!
9) U.S. GENOCIDE OF CUBA!
[Coordinating the event are Hernando County activist Brian Moore and Citrus County activist Harriet Heywood, under the auspices of the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Social Justice and the Trade Justice Alliance.]