Cuban-Americans point to human rights violations in Cuba to no avail. They are holding rallies in Little Havana that are getting very little coverage. I guess it does not fit the progressive narrative. President Obama is in Cuba following his doctrine of engagement. He maintains that opening of discourse with the Cuban government will improve their behavior. Tell that to “Las Damas de Blanco”, the Ladies in White as they were hauled away under arrest for their human rights rally.
Wikipedia says this about the Ladies:
Ladies in White (Spanish: Damas de Blanco) is an opposition movement in Cuba founded in 2003 by wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents. The women protest the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday wearing white dresses and then silently walking through the streets dressed in white clothing. The color white is chosen to symbolize peace.
The movement received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament in 2005.
President Obama has arrived. The world will see what he will accomplish. Cuba’s government will not be on the same page. Their interest will be in lifting sanctions and other gains for their oppressive government.
As Written By CBS Local, Miami:
Rally Held In Little Havana Demands Cuban “Libertad”
Demonstrators rallied on S.W. 8th Street and 13th Avenue chanting, “Libertad!”
Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera was at the march. A first generation Cuban-American running for U.S. Senate, Lopez-Cantera said the president’s visit to Cuba is a photo-op that the Castro regime set up to legitimize themselves — and, since easing U.S.-Cuba relations more than a year ago, nothing has changed.
“There hasn’t been any reduction of oppression,” Lopez-Cantera told CBS4’s Donna Rapado. “As as matter of fact, there’s been an increase in oppression, an increase in political arrests and an increase of political beatings against people who are simply seeking to have rights that we take for granted here in America. Freedom of expression, freedom of the press, free elections, the end of human rights violations and the release of political prisoners.”