Black Lives Matter has been accused of hypocrisy by ignoring the pleas for help from Cuba’s oppressed citizens — instead blaming the violent protests on US opposition to the communist “revolution.”
The protest group — founded by “trained Marxists” — released a statement that completely ignored the mass calls demanding “freedom” from the oppressive Cuban regime as well as widespread reports of police brutality and arrests.
Instead, it solely blamed the troubles on the US embargo, calling it a “cruel and inhumane policy” that was “instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government.”
“The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination,” BLM said in the statement first given to a Politico reporter.
“United States leaders have tried to crush this revolution for decades,” the radical left-wing group complained.
While Cubans continue to risk their lives to demand the ouster of President Miguel Díaz-Canel, BLM widely praised his regime, even as the president himself admitted that his shortcomings were largely to blame for the revolt.
“Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent,” the group wrote — praising it for “protecting black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur, the former Black Panther who fled prison in 1979 while serving life for the execution-style murder of a New Jersey state trooper. Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, remains one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists.
The BLM statement, shared by its official Twitter page, was quickly ripped online.
“So wait, they support police brutality now?” talk radio host Dan O’Donnell asked, while another follower called it “bizarre” that a “group founded to counter police brutality can’t manage a word to criticize police brutality in Cuba.”
“@Blklivesmatter just sided with the oppressors,” tweeted Canadian human-rights lawyer Hillel C. Neuer.
The hypocrisy was blatant according to some lawmakers, with Sen. Marco Rubio among those expressing outrage.
“The extortionist ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a break today from shaking down corporations for millions & buying themselves mansions to share their support for the Communist regime in #Cuba,” Rubio tweeted.
Giancarlo Sopo, a communication strategist who once worked on former President Trump’s re-election campaign, called the statement “disgusting.”
“Despite the Cuban dictatorship’s murdering and beating of protestors (many of them Black), BLM’s statement on Cuba…condemns the U.S., praises the Castro regime, and makes no mention of the atrocities being committed by the dictatorship,” he tweeted.
While the progressive left has largely been silent on the crisis, many Republicans have thrown their support behind the protesters seeking to end the oppressive dictatorship.
Sen. Ted Cruz — the son of a Cuban immigrant — insisted that the current regime will be “consigned to the dustbin of history.”
“It has brutalized & denied freedom to generations of Cubans, and forced my family & so many others to flee,” Cruz tweeted Sunday.
“The American people stand squarely with the men & women of Cuba and their noble fight for liberty.”