LULAC Issues Statement On Cuba To Its Leaders And President Biden
Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Latest Events on the Island Demand Action by All Parties Involved
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement in the wake of growing unrest among the Cuban population as evidenced by some of the largest anti-government public demonstrations in decades. Cuba is under pressure to address shortages in basic essentials including food and medicine. Protestors are also angry about the government crackdown on dissenters with more than 100 detained or disappeared. The Cuban government has announced it has lifted the ban on travelers bringing medicine, hygiene products and food when traveling to the island.
Domingo Garcia – LULAC National President
“LULAC urges the Cuban government to open the way for free and transparent elections so that all parties and individuals can participate. Candidates with different viewpoints and backgrounds should be given the opportunity to run for office at all levels of government. It is time that the Cuban leadership fulfill the promise made when the Batista regime was overthrown.
LULAC condemns any repression and arrests of people who are expressing their concerns in public demonstrations. The people of Cuba deserve to have the liberty to peacefully dissent and express their outcry for change for the betterment of their society.
At the same time, LULAC urges the Biden Administration to lift the sanctions and restrictions affecting Cuba so that humanitarian assistance can be sent by the Cuban-American community to their families on the island. LULAC supports the unfettered delivery of essential supplies to the people of Cuba by individuals and churches that wish to provide humanitarian aid.
It is time to cast a new future for Cuba that respects the right of its people and their right to self-determination.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/