SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Cuban People within the Bay Space are watching the unrest in Cuba with concern.
Protests within the streets of Havana, maybe the most important mass demonstrations towards situations in Cuba and/or the communist authorities in a long time, occurred over the weekend. That’s stunning to Cuban People within the Bay Space.
“They’re taking their lives in their very own palms now as a result of they may very well be arrested and put in jail. And also you disappear in Cuba,” mentioned Oakland A’s Spanish-language broadcaster Amaury Pi-Gonzalez.
The broadcaster, who was was born in Cuba, left as a toddler after the communist takeover.
“It’s one thing the Cuban public hardly ever does,” mentioned Arturo Riera, who’s also called Mister Latin Jazz. Riera has prolonged household nonetheless on the island and is the brother-in-law of KPIX 5 reporter Len Ramirez.
“The Cuban individuals have accepted many, many issues over the past 60 years, together with financial downturns like this one. However they are saying they’ve by no means felt something like this,” Riera mentioned.
Riera has traveled incessantly to Cuba, usually organizing musical exchanges with Cuban artists.
He says there’s fixed shortages of meals and medication and COVID-19 is making issues even worse with surging infections and deaths.
Riera says the U.S. had the facility to alter issues by easing up on powerful financial sanctions in place for many years.
“The get together line is that if the embargo would simply merely finish, then numerous these troubles wouldn’t be occurring and albeit, I can’t essentially argue with that,” he mentioned.
President Joe Biden said in a statement, “The USA calls on the Cuban regime to listen to their individuals and serve their wants at this important second relatively than enriching themselves.”
Pi-Gonzales locations blame for the present situations on the communist authorities.
“They commerce with international locations who’re developed international locations. So, it’s mismanagement by the federal government, sadly. They only seize energy and are energy loopy and the individuals in Cuba can not transfer, they will’t do something,” he mentioned.
Biden didn’t remark to reporters on whether or not he would elevate the sanctions on Cuba however mentioned the administration would have extra to say on Cuba later this week.