During the ongoing demonstrations in Cuba against the communist regime that has devastated the country for over 60 years, the White House has offered nothing more than platitudes about the right to protest peacefully.
As the federal government has taken the approach of essentially ignoring the cries of the Cuban people for freedom, private citizens in Florida have been taking positive steps toward helping the people who have suffered under the communist Castro dictatorship for generations.
Miami CBS affiliate WBFS-TV has reported on an informal group of Florida boat owners who have gathered food, medicine, and other supplies to deliver to Cuba.
One boat owner said, “We are just bringing supplies. They are trying to create a group to take on water, food, medicine, whatever we can to take to Cuba. We are just waiting for the approval so we can enter and give it to them.”
The boat owners stated that even if they cannot get close enough to protesters to deliver supplies, they hope to encourage the Cuban citizens to seek freedom.
Another boat owner with a large following on Instagram, Santiago Rivero, posted: “We’re going to Havana. If we have to intervene, if we have to stay, we’ll do what we have to do. The U.S. president has done nothing supposedly. At a minimum, we want to stand at the border of what are the Havana limits.”
The boat owners face not only certain opposition from the Cuban government but also the U.S. government. The U.S. Coast Guard warned Florida citizens not to take to the water. The Biden administration’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, the son of Cuban immigrants, flatly stated that the U.S. would not accept refugees from the brutal Castro government.
“Allow me to be clear: If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States,” Mayorkas warned, adding, “If individuals make, establish a well-founded fear of persecution or torture, they are referred to third countries for resettlement. They will not enter the United States.”