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BLM blames ‘cruel and inhumane’ US embargoes for Cuban unrest and praises communist regime

Black Lives Matter has blamed the ‘cruel and inhumane’ US for the current unrest in Cuba, as the activists praised the communist regime for harboring a convicted US cop killer and for its ‘solidarity’ with oppressed people.

The group sparked a furious backlash with the statement shared online following a week of violence on the island and furious protests over food shortages and rising prices.

BLM accused the US of causing the instability with its embargoes which have caused ‘pain and suffering’ for Cubans for 60 years in the message which was branded ‘worse than embarrassing’.

The group also praised Cuba for harboring Assata Shakur, a US convicted cop killer and former Black Panther who has been in hiding on the island for nearly 40 years.

BLM blames 'cruel and inhumane' US embargoes for Cuban unrest and praises communist regime

Black Lives Matter has blamed the 'cruel and inhumane US for the current unrest in Cuba as the activists praised the communist government

Black Lives Matter has blamed the ‘cruel and inhumane US for the current unrest in Cuba as the activists praised the communist government

Sen. Marco Rubio slammed the statement, saying: ‘The extortionist ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a break today from shaking down corporations for millions & buying themselves mansions to share their support for the Communist regime in #Cuba.’

In a post shared to its 4.5million Instagram followers, BLM said: ‘Black Lives Matter condemns the US federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo.

‘This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis.

‘Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130billion.

BLM accused the US of causing the instability with its embargoes which have caused 'pain and suffering' for Cubans for 60 years. Pictured: protests against Cuban government in Miami

BLM accused the US of causing the instability with its embargoes which have caused ‘pain and suffering’ for Cubans for 60 years. Pictured: protests against Cuban government in Miami

BLM blames 'cruel and inhumane' US embargoes for Cuban unrest and praises communist regime

 

Sen. Marco Rubio slammed the statement from the 'extortionist ring' following the week of unrest

Sen. Marco Rubio slammed the statement from the ‘extortionist ring’ following the week of unrest

‘Without that money, it is harder for Cuba to acquire medical equipment needed to develop its own Covid-19 vaccines and equipment for food production. This comes in spite of the country’s strong medical care and history of lending doctors and nurses to disasters around the world.’  

On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied claims the US was to blame for the unrest.

He said a mismanaged economy was the root of the problems which have seen people take to the streets.

BLM’s statement continued: ‘The people of Cuba are being punished by the US government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination.

‘United States leaders have tried to crush this revolution for decades. Instead of international amity, respect and goodwill, the US  government has only instigated suffering for the country’s 11 million people – of which four million are Black and Brown.

Rubio warned on Wednesday that Cuba faces a 'horrific bloodbath' if the Biden administration doesn't step in

Rubio warned on Wednesday that Cuba faces a ‘horrific bloodbath’ if the Biden administration doesn’t step in

‘Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent, from protecting Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur through granting her asylum, to supporting Black liberation struggles in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and South Africa.

‘Now, we look to President Biden to end the embargo, something Barack Obama called for in 2016. This embargo is a blatant human rights violation and it must come to an end.’

Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of being an accomplice to the murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973.

At the time, she was also wanted for several felonies, including bank robber counts in New York and was known for her membership of the Black Panthers.

From the passenger seat, Chesimard fired first at the state trooper with a semi-automatic pistol.

Cuban American demonstrators gather in the Little Havana section of Miami on Wednesday to protest the government

Cuban American demonstrators gather in the Little Havana section of Miami on Wednesday to protest the government

Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of being an accomplice to the murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973

Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted of being an accomplice to the murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973

Passenger James Coston fired as well and was shot and killed by Officer James Harper.

The shootout continued until Chesimard, having shot and killed Werner Foerster execution-style in the head, fled the scene with Squire.

Both were apprehended by police shortly thereafter.

Chesimard denied having shot anyone and pointed to her radical affiliations as the basis for her being singled out.

She was sentenced to life in prison but escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in 1979.

She resurfaced in Cuba where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro and has been living there ever since.

The domestic terrorist is still wanted by the FBI and there is a $2million reward for her capture. 

The godmother and aunt of the late rapper Tupac Shakur also became the first woman on the FBI’s list of top 10 most wanted terrorists.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in his government's handling of shortages and of neglecting certain sectors, but he urged Cubans to not act with hate - a reference to violence during recent street protests

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in his government’s handling of shortages and of neglecting certain sectors, but he urged Cubans to not act with hate – a reference to violence during recent street protests

Many online shared their outrage at the BLM statement, with Donald Trump reelection strategist Giancarlo Sopo branding it ‘disgusting’.

He said: ‘Despite the Cuban dictatorship’s murdering and beating of protestors (many of them Black), BLM’s statement on Cuba…condemns the U.S., praises the Castro regime, and makes no mention of the atrocities being committed by the dictatorship.’

Meanwhile Joe Walsh, the former Illinois Republican, said: ‘BLM blames the United States, pretty much exclusively, for what’s happening in Cuba. 

‘BLM actually stands with Cuba’s oppressive, dictatorial government. This BLM statement is way worse than embarrassing.’

On Wednesday, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel acknowledged shortcomings in his government’s handling of shortages and of neglecting certain sectors, but urged Cubans to not act with hate.

In a nighttime address on state television, Díaz-Canel admitted that failings by the state played a role in the protests.

‘We have to gain experience from the disturbances,’ he said. 

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets from Havana to Santiago on Sunday chanting 'down with the dictatorship' in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets from Havana to Santiago on Sunday chanting ‘down with the dictatorship’ in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades

A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Sunday

A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on Sunday

‘We also have to carry out a critical analysis of our problems in order to act and overcome, and avoid their repetition.’ 

The president’s comments came as pressure mounted on the Biden administration to take action in support of antigovernment protesters on the island.

Dozens of Cuban Americans and their supporters gathered outside a Cuban restaurant in the Little Havana section of Miami on Wednesday for the fourth straight day to demand that President Biden intervene.  

Rubio warned on Wednesday that Cuba faces a ‘horrific bloodbath’ if the Biden administration doesn’t step in – while White House press secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn the communist regime amid a state crackdown on demonstrations in Cuba and instead blamed ‘government mismanagement’.   

‘A horrific bloodbath is what awaits if action is not taken. So far the response has been weak, weak. Why?’ Rubio tweeted with a video on Wednesday.

Riot police who were clad in black body armour and helmets while carrying batons and shields were seen arresting dozens of demonstrators who had gone out to protest again on Monday

Riot police who were clad in black body armour and helmets while carrying batons and shields were seen arresting dozens of demonstrators who had gone out to protest again on Monday

‘What I have asked the Biden administration to do – and I asked them two days ago to do – is I asked them to use diplomacy that they brag about,’ Rubio said. 

‘Convene the United Nations, convene the Organization of American States in emergency session.

‘Pressure or shame the international community into condemning and isolating that regime, and pressure them to be prepared to take action to prevent a bloodbath,’ he said. 

‘Not halfway around the world, not in the Middle East, not in another continent, right here, 90 miles from our shores.’

Cuba is suffering its worst crisis in years from a combination of the coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed its economy, including the vital tourism industry, inefficiencies in the state-run economy and the tightening of US sanctions on the island. 

Riot police walk the streets of Havana on Monday as protesters carry wooden bats

Riot police walk the streets of Havana on Monday as protesters carry wooden bats 

The administration of President Donald Trump imposed more than 200 measures against the island in four years.

Díaz-Canel said that this ‘complex situation’ was taken advantage of ‘by those who do not really want the Cuban revolution to develop or a civilized relationship with respect with the United States.’

President Biden called Cuba an ‘authoritarian’ regime even as the White House refused to get cajoled into going after its ideology.

‘The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime,’ Biden said in a statement Monday.

The Black Panther revolutionary turned convicted cop killer who escaped to Cuba and become the first woman to be placed on the FBI’s ten most wanted list: Assata Shakur

Joanne Chesimard, who goes by the name of Assata Shakur, and is godmother to late rapper Tupac Shakur, is a convicted cop killer who escaped and fled to Cuba in 1979 – where she has remained ever since. 

A Black Panther revolutionary, she remains an icon for some among the black liberation movement who insist she is innocent and was framed for the murder.

She is also known as Tupac Shakur’s ‘godmother’ and was close friends with the slain rapper’s mother Afeni and stepfather Mutulu. Mutulu was convicted of helping her escape in 1979 and is currently in prison the fatal robbery of a Brinks money truck.    

While driving down the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973, an hour south of New York City, Chesimard and two men—James Coston and Clark Squire—were pulled over by state troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster.

The 26-year-old Chesimard was already known to the FBI for her membership in the Black Panther movement.

She was also wanted for several felonies, including bank robbery counts in New York.

From the passenger seat, Chesimard fired first with a semi-automatic pistol.

Passenger James Coston fired as well and was shot and killed by Officer Harper.

Shakur is listed as one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, and her escape remains a bone of contention for law enforcement

Shakur is listed as one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, and her escape remains a bone of contention for law enforcement

The shootout continued until Chesimard, having shot and killed Werner Foerster execution-style in the head, fled the scene with Squire.

Both were apprehended by police shortly thereafter.

Chesimard denied having shot anyone and pointed to her radical affiliations as the basis for her being singled out.

Nonetheless, four years after the Jersey Turnpike shootout, Chesimard was convicted of first-degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery.

Chesimard was handed life behind bars. She began her sentence at a maximum security prison in West Virginia, but was transferred to a minimum security prison in New Jersey.

Back militant leader Joanna Chesimard leaves Middlesex County court after being sentenced to 26 to 33 years on various assault, weapons and robbery charges in connection with the 1973 murder of a New Jersey State trooper

Back militant leader Joanna Chesimard leaves Middlesex County court after being sentenced to 26 to 33 years on various assault, weapons and robbery charges in connection with the 1973 murder of a New Jersey State trooper

That’s where, in 1979, Chesimard escaped. 

With the help of three people who were visiting her, security guards were held at gunpoint and forced to open prison gates. The group escaped in a prison vehicle and took Chesimard to a safe house in New Jersey, where she managed to stay hidden for years. 

Chesimard’s next whereabouts were in Cuba, where she was granted political asylum by Fidel Castro in 1984. 

She has lived there ever since, under the name Assata Shakur. Chesimard’s brother was the stepfather of late American rapper Tupac Shakur. She had also reportedly served as the rapper’s godmother.

She was a part of the Black Liberation Army, an underground Black Power revolutionary organization, a group that had declared war on the United States and was responsible for the deaths of 13 police officers.  

New Jersey State Police said in a statement on Facebook that Joanne Chesimard ‘is a fugitive who was tried and convicted of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.’ 

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