A Little Havana, Fla., Demonstrator Covered In Theatrical Blood; gagged, handcuffed and chained, told “Hannity” on Wednesday that his attire is a euphemism for the situation of the Cuban people, who have suffered less than 62 years of dictatorship – as well as a cry for help for a president who, he said, seems uninterested in supporting Cuban civil rights.
The man, who did not give his name, spoke through “Freedom” – imprinted tape.
“These chains represent the dictatorship of Cuba. This blood represents the blood that comes on the hands of those who stand next to the dictatorship – and not next to the Cuban people,” he said.
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“Joe Biden, Cuba wants freedom,” he said, addressing the president. “They need freedom. They do not want vaccines, they do not want food, they need freedom: that is what the Cuban people deserve, and that is what they want.”
The man said the United States must stand with Cuba’s civilians and not with the autocratic rule of Miguel Diaz-Canel, which he has had since the younger Castro brother Raul, 90, ceded power to him in 2018.
A woman standing next to the man in similar costumes repeated her call: “The only vaccine the Cuban people need is freedom – please help!”
Host Sean Hannity approached a delegation of lawmakers in Florida who stood by him and asked what they had heard or asked of the Biden White House in this regard.
Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, a former Telemundo journalist representing Miami Beach, Brickell, and the Little Havana neighborhood “Hannity” were visiting, said she has asked Biden for a meeting as many as “three times a day” without response .
“We are very frustrated, we are very sorry: because we have called with respect and told the Biden administration that this has nothing to do with political parties. He will not meet,” she said.
Salazar’s seat is notable in that regard, as hers is one of the few Democratic majority districts that turned Republicans in 2020 – when longtime news anchor defeated former Clinton Foundation president Donna Shalala.
Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Who, like Salazar, is of Cuban descent, said the world cannot forget the situation of the Cuban people and that activism in support of them “cannot stop until Cuba is free and has freedom.”
Miami Republican Mayor Francis X. Suarez added that the entire Western Hemisphere is affected by the Cuban regime and its oppression.
“The Cuban people have no means of defending themselves,” he said. “It’s so sad to see a lack of American leadership.”
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Protesters have flocked to Versailles Restaurant, on the corner of Calle Ocho and SW 36th Ave., where “Hannity” was filming for several weeks now – in protest of Diaz-Canel’s treatment of Cubans and in support of Democratic protesters now being targeted, arrested and punished of the regime.
The Versailles corner has been a rallying point for Cuban-American society for decades, as it is also where the festivities appeared in 2016, when protesters celebrated the death of dictator Fidel Castro.
The White House was criticized after press secretary Jennifer Psaki, by calling the regime a failure, noted that “lack of access to economic opportunity, medical supplies, to COVID vaccines” are all reasons for the historic protests.
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Critics opposed that the real cause of the protests is the spread of communism and left-wing governance on the island, which has led to economic depression and the recession of fundamental rights of the people of Cuba.
In a statement on July 12, Biden said the White House “stands[s] with the Cuban people and their clarity calling for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of oppression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime. “