U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has ramped up the pressure on President Joe Biden to do more to stop Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine.

Sen. Scott Rips Biden For Ignoring Persecuted Pro-Democracy Protesters In Cuba

But this week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott denounced President Joe Biden and his administration for remaining silent about the persecution of people who truly stood up for democratic reform and freedom in the face of a real totalitarian regime.

Since the release of the draft Roe v. Wade opinion in May, the Biden administration has been openly encouraging left-wing dissenters to harass and intimidate U.S. Supreme Court justices and Republican politicians in the name of “democracy.”

But this week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott denounced President Joe Biden and his administration for remaining silent about the persecution of people who truly stood up for democratic reform and freedom in the face of a real totalitarian regime.

The Florida Republican was referring to the demonstrations against the Cuban government that happened on July 11, 2021.

Scott posted a video on YouTube last Monday to commemorate the anniversary of those protests. The video included scenes of the Cuban security forces violently cracking down on the dissenters.

“Since these protests, President Biden has only shown weakness and cowardice, appeasing a murderous regime instead of helping the freedom-loving people of Cuba,” said Scott. The video then showed newspaper clips of Biden’s efforts to lift sanctions on Cuba’s communist regime, and how the administration is helping it control internet access to everyday Cubans.

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Scott noted that more than 1,000 protesters, including 57 minors, some as young as 14, remain jailed as “political prisoners” for participating in those demonstrations.

“It’s time for Biden to lead and grow a backbone, and support human rights,” Scott continued. He urged the president to call for the release of these imprisoned protesters.

“The freedom of Cuba is closer than ever, and we’re not going to stop until we see a new day of freedom, democracy, and Patria y Vida in Cuba,” Scott added. “Patria y Vida,” which translates to “homeland and life,” is a rap song that became the unofficial anthem of the protesters a year ago.

Scott then repeated the message in Spanish.

Scott further addressed the anniversary in an email to his constituents on Friday.

“While some ran forward to stand with the Cuban people and support their movement for democracy, Joe Biden fell silent. President Biden’s refusal to stand up for democracy in Cuba is nothing but shameful weakness and a stain on the integrity of the office he holds,” Scott wrote.

“Many of these innocent prisoners have been disappeared by the Cuban regime and haven’t been seen or heard from by their families for days, weeks and months. Biden has refused to demand proof of life for these innocent Cubans or make clear to the regime that the world is watching its human rights atrocities. … This failed president has done more to unite America’s enemies than bring together the world’s democracies for a common cause.” 

“It is far past time for Joe Biden to lead, but I doubt he will show up,” Scott added. “With or without Biden, we will continue to unapologetically stand with the Cuban people. A new day of freedom in Cuba is closer than ever before and I won’t stop fighting until we see an end to the oppressive Castro/Díaz-Canel regime.”

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