A large group of pro-regime Cubans took to the streets holding big clubs as they meandered through Havana to confront criticism of the country’s dictatorship.
Over the weekend, mass protests erupted across the country as Cubans called for an end to the Communist regime which has caused a historic and crippling economic crisis. Songs of “Down with the Dictatorship” echoed through the streets of Havana.
Cuban authoritarian leader Miguel Díaz-Canel urged his supporters to brandish arms and confront anti-government protesters, sanctioning acts of violence.
DEMONSTRATIONS ARE BROUGHT THROUGH FLORIDA IN SUPPORT OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE, CALL FOR THE END OF THE COMMUNIST REGIME
“The order to fight is given – in the streets, revolutionaries! he said in an address, according to at the BBC.
Footage shows pro-regime “revolutionary” supporters holding large wooden sticks as they meandered through the streets towards anti-government protesters.
THE CUBAN PRESIDENT ASKS THE COUNTRY’S “REVOLUTIONARY” CITIZENS TO COUNTER THE DEMONSTRATORS
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White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday warned against the use of violence in a Twitter post, saying “the United States supports freedom of speech and assembly in Cuba and strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights. ”
In a statement on Monday, President Biden said Cuban protesters were demanding their basic rights.
“We stand by the Cuban people and their clear call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by the authoritarian regime in Cuba,” he said. Biden said.
Stephen Sorace of Fox News contributed to this report.
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