The recent protests in Cuba, which erupted in many municipalities throughout the island, were the strongest expression yet of dissatisfaction with the communist regime. The protestors were shouting for “libertad” (freedom) and “patria y vida” (homeland and life), in stark contrast to the communist slogan of patria o muerte (homeland or death). After 62 years of oppression under a dictatorship, the people are saying "no mas" (no more) and “no tenemos miedo” (we are not afraid).

These protests have brought to light the hypocrisy of many leftists groups in the United States who have long admired and sympathised with the thugs in Havana. Specifically, no surprise in the reaction of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, whose founders have, in the past, admitted to being devout Marxists. Indeed, the Black Lives Matter movement should specify that “black lives matter,” unless you are a Cuban of African heritage protesting the abuses and lack of freedom in the communist island. In that case, Black Lives Matter sides with the communist oppressors and blames the U.S. for the protests.

During the protests, the president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, called on the communists and sympathizers to take to the streets and confront the protestors. He gave them carte blanche to do whatever to the protestors — with the support of the government. Where was the outrage from the left?

As a Cuban American who has experienced communism and who has family living under that oppressive regime, my advice to those truly interested in justice for all is to be aware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing currently in the U.S. As to communist sympathizers, my response is we won't be fooled again.

Waldo Avello

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