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Marco Rubio Reflects on Third Anniversary of 11J: "Cubans Are Worse Off Now"

Thursday, July 11, 2024 by Christopher Ramirez

Marco Rubio Reflects on Third Anniversary of 11J: "Cubans Are Worse Off Now"
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Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, shared a brief video on July 11th, reflecting that Cubans are in a worse situation now than they were three years ago when widespread discontent led to numerous protests against the government across the country.

"It's been three years since those protests in the streets of Cuba, where people came out to raise their voices, and things have simply gotten worse in Cuba since then," declared Marco Rubio, who is considered a potential vice-presidential candidate for Donald Trump.

"Not only have many people been imprisoned with lengthy sentences, but the economy remains in shambles, and people are fleeing the country. Almost five to six percent of the population has left in the last three years," Rubio added, describing the severe crisis affecting the island on all fronts.

"Marxism doesn't work, the dictatorship doesn't work, and they are destroying a beautiful country that deserves freedom. Let's pray that this will be the year when this becomes possible," he concluded.

Rubio’s message was not the only one from a U.S. government representative regarding the 11J anniversary. In a statement marking the occasion, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken said that "the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms is non-negotiable."

"Today, we reflect on the courage and resilience of the Cuban people who, on July 11, 2021, and the days that followed, bravely took to the streets to demand respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms," Blinken said, reiterating his call for the immediate and unconditional release of political prisoners.

"The Cuban people will not be silenced, nor will our commitment to support them in their quest for a brighter and freer future," he concluded.

Current Status of 11J Protesters

Of the massive protests on July 11 and 12 that marked recent Cuban history, around 600 demonstrators remain imprisoned out of the 1,500 initially detained. Among those still in prison are Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Maykel Osorbo, and José Daniel Ferrer, three key figures in the island's activism in recent years.

Frequently Asked Questions about the 11J Protests

Here we address some common questions and provide detailed answers about the 11J protests and their aftermath.

What were the 11J protests in Cuba?

The 11J protests refer to the widespread demonstrations that took place on July 11, 2021, across Cuba, where citizens protested against the government, demanding better living conditions, freedom, and human rights.

What has been the impact of the 11J protests?

The impact of the 11J protests has been significant, with many participants facing imprisonment and the Cuban government continuing to face criticism for its handling of the situation. The protests highlighted the deep dissatisfaction among Cubans and brought international attention to their plight.

Who are some of the key figures still imprisoned from the 11J protests?

Among the prominent figures still imprisoned are Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Maykel Osorbo, and José Daniel Ferrer, all of whom have been significant activists in Cuba's recent history.

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