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Trump Speaks Out on Cuban Uprising, Urges Biden to Stand Up for Freedom

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“I stand with the Cuban people 100% in their fight for freedom. The Government must let them speak and be free! Joe Biden MUST stand up to the Communist regime or—history will remember,” Trump said in a statement on his website.

“The Cuban people deserve freedom and human rights! THEY ARE NOT AFRAID!”

On Sunday, Cuba erupted in waves of protests demanding an end to the nation’s long-entrenched dictatorship as food has become scarce and COVID-19 is rampant, according to the Miami Herald.

Some protesters chanted “Freedom!” and “Down with communism!” as they marched. Others called out, “Down with the dictatorship” and “Down with Díaz-Canel,” in reference to Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel, who was anointed by Raul Castro to succeed him as the first non-Castro to rule the island since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.

“We are not afraid!” protester Samantha Regalado chanted.

Diaz-Canel said he does not plan to budge.

“They’ll have to walk over our dead bodies if they want to take on the revolution,” he said in a comment plastered on the front page of the Cuban Communist Party newspaper, according to The New York Times. “We’re willing to do everything and we’ll be on the streets battling.”

During a Sunday speech, he said the protests were engineered by the U.S. to “provoke a social uprising” and justify an invasion.

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