Bipartisan delegation of U.S. Representatives come to Miami to commemorate the July 11 protests in Cuba

Members of congress from both parties met in Miami on Monday to remember the historic July 11, 2021 protests in communist Cuba.

Via NPR:

On the eve of the second anniversary of the July 11, 2021, Cuban protests, a bipartisan group of members of Congress reflected that the watershed moment continues to fuel movement away from the Communist regime.

However, members also warned of new threats from that regime, including concerns of a growing alliance between Cuba and China.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul led the roundtable discussion for the six-member group, which included Republican and Democratic members of the Florida delegation, who joined a panel of Cuban activists.

“As members of Congress and Americans, we have an obligation to support the Cuban people in their aspiration for freedom,” said McCaul, R-Texas. “This is not just a moral imperative, it’s a national security requirement.”

Monday’s roundtable was held before a packed room of dozens of guests, including Cuban exiles and dissidents, at the Bay of Pigs museum. Several Cuban activists addressed the members, raising concern that much work remains.

The 2021 protests, held in response to critical supply shortages in the wake of the pandemic. marked the largest such demonstrations in Cuba in decades. Two years later, nearly 800 Cubans remain detained, including children, in connection with the protests, McCaul noted.

The cause of freedom in Cuba is, and always should be, a cause that deserves bipartisan support. Unfortunately, loyalty to failed leftist ideologies and the irresistible urge to profit off the misery of others has prevented politicos from both parties from supporting this just cause.

In the end, only the Cuban people can free themselves, and eventually, they will. And when they do, they will remember who stood on the side of freedom and who stood on the side of oppression.

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