Nikki Fried calls for the “liberation” of Cuba
As the protests continue in Cuba, Commissioner for Agriculture Nikki Fried took a firm stand on Tuesday with those seeking “liberation” from “communist oppression”.
“The Cuban people are exhausted by the lack of food, medicine and other resources that do not meet their basic needs. As they ask for our solidarity in their call for the liberation of the communist regime in Cuba, we must respond to this call and be by their side. It is crucial that the world be aware of their struggle, all who support freedom should join in spreading their message across our nation and across the world. Those of us who fight for democracy share the same goal, a democratic Cuba freed from 62 years of communist oppression, ”said Fried.
Fried’s statement came from his campaign as governor, not from his official Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services office.
The statement puts Fried firmly on the record against the Communist regime.
Yet his rhetoric did not go as far as that of the President of the Florida Democratic Party himself.
President of the Florida Democratic Party Manny A. Diaz, a Cuban-American, condemned the Cuban government’s response as “a call for bloodshed.”
“As I write these lines, the Cuban government is showing the world that it is nothing more than a repressive tyranny, clinging to a failed and cruel economic and political model,” Diaz said in a statement. written statement Sunday.
“Miguel Diaz CanelOrders to beat and arrest peaceful protesters, and his calls for confrontation between his supporters and protesters are essentially a call for civil war on the island. Make no mistake, this is a call for bloodshed as the country suffers one of its worst humanitarian crises in decades, ”Diaz added.
Fried’s statement was much closer to that of the Rep. Val Demings, the frontrunner for the Democratic Senate nomination next year.
“The voice of the Cuban people must be paramount. It is the future of their nation that is decided. I hope that Cuba’s path will be that of democracy and inalienable human rights, ”she said in a written statement. “I strongly support the peaceful protesters in Cuba as they fight for their right to create their own future. I condemn any violent repression of the Cuban people by the current regime. Violence against protesters is unacceptable. The suppression of the free press is unacceptable. The Cuban people, like everyone else, deserve democracy, freedom, health, security and prosperity. US policy must support protesters, their safety and their right to self-determination. “