Local demonstrators rally support for protesting Cubans

Written by on July 16, 2021

Local demonstrators rally support for protesting Cubans

By Ben Stemrich
July 16, 2021

Demonstrators shout their solidarity with the Cuban people against the communist government, Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Hialeah, Fla. Hialeah has the greatest concentration of Cuban exiles in the U.S. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – This week, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest the government’s treatment of civil liberties and lack of basic goods like medicine and food. 

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Missionary Felix Colon, a humanitarian who has been visiting Cuba for 15 years, says things may be worse than we can imagine after recent protests there.

“You should see the doctors crying because there’s no way they can help the people, there’s no medicine. No IV lines, no disposable syringes, not even an aspirin right now,” Colon says. 

He has seen people in Cuba lose their jobs, food rations and homes, he says, just for protesting. He says he’s never seen an uprising like this one.

“Well guess what, people have lost the fear to protest. Enough is enough. This is the beginning of the end,” Colon says. “We need to see that the political system is changed in that country, and we need to see that regime leave that country so that people can pick up where they’re at and begin a new life of freedom: freedom of speech, freedom to vote, a freedom to worship, a freedom to be who they need to be.”

According to reports, on July 14 the Cuban government announced the lifting of restrictions on the amount of food and medicine travelers can bring into the country. That will happen on July 19.

In the Lehigh Valley, a demonstration to support the Cuban people is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. July 17 at the PPL Center in Allentown.

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