MIAMI – New videos from Cuba show special troops moving in and using force, and authorities shooting into the distance, likely dispersing crowds.
On Cuban state-run TV, the Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel was somewhat apologetic to those who were accidentally hurt in the protests.
He also admitted shortcomings in the way his government has handled country-wide shortages.
It appears that the Cuban government is also feeling the pressure, announcing they will temporarily lift restrictions on food and medicine travelers can take into the island.
History shows that anytime Cuba faces a major crisis, migration to the United States becomes an escape valve.
That happened en masse in the early 1990s.
Here in the United States, Cuba-born Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned Cubans against taking to the seas and risking their lives.
He says it will not work and they will be sent back.
“If they have a well-founded fear of persecution or torture, they are resettled in a third country,” he said.
In South Florida, the new boss of the Coast Guard’s 7th District shared a similar message.
“Anybody that’s even thinking about taking to the sea, [think] twice about that,” Rear Admiral Brendan McPherson said.
There is also a reminder for South Floridians that entering Cuban waters is illegal.
#NEW #VIDEO #BREAKING: @POTUS is considering tech to help reinstate internet access in #Cuba. Adds he’s not reinstating remittances bc he has no faith #Cuban government won’t confiscate them. Would also be open to sending vaccines, using third party organization. #sosCuba pic.twitter.com/xak7JVIxay— Hatzel Vela (@HatzelVelaWPLG) July 15, 2021