The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday in support of protesters in Cuba who took to the streets on July 11 and plans to do so again on November 15, condemning the government’s “violent repression” of Cuba.
The House approved 382 votes in favor and 40 votes against Debbie Wasserman Schultz of the Democratic Congress, backed by Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Ballard.
Most Republican lawmakers supported the move, urging members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), the Cuban Interior Ministry and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) not to “arrest or detain peaceful protesters.”
It also urges Havana authorities to immediately release “all political prisoners and arbitrarily detained” detainees after the protests.
It also insists that Cuba does not restrict access to websites and all websites and applications “including future demonstrations and peaceful protests”.
The text calls on the government of President Joe Biden to find ways to allow remittances, medical supplies and other forms of humanitarian aid to benefit the Cuban people directly, “without giving US dollars to the Cuban military.”
Of the 40 Democrats who did not support the resolution, lawmakers Alexandria Ocacio-Cortes, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlip, Ayana Presley and Pramila Jayapal were all known for their left-wing positions.
On Monday, a Cuban opposition group calling for a rally on November 15 announced that its members were being targeted by government repression, while officials accused their leaders of being US agents.
The complaints include threats of dismissal, intimidation, police surveillance, house arrest and arbitrary detention.
The government of Miguel Diaz-Colonel warned organizers that they would face criminal consequences if they continued to call for demonstrations in Havana and the other six provinces on the island.
The resolutions of the US Congress are not bound by laws, but express the collective feeling of the legislators on an issue.
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