Black Lives Matter put out a statement regarding the protests in Cuba, and Twitter users are uncovering a 2016 tweet where they supported Fidel Castro.
Cuba is currently experiencing some of the biggest protests in over 30 years as people call for the resignation of the current President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
The country is in its worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the President, who is also head of the Communist Party, is being slammed for continuing the Communist regimes of Fidel and Raul Castro.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel has blamed the demonstrations on the United States, who in recent years have tightened its trade embargo and restricted imports.
Now, the official Black Lives Matter group has weighed in on the situation on social media, and people are slamming them for a 2016 tweet that supported Fidel Castro.
Black Lives Matter tweet statement in response to Cuba’s protests
On Thursday (July 15th), the official Instagram account for the Black Lives Matter movement posted a statement in response to the demonstrations in Cuba.
In the statement, they appeared to support the Cuban regime and instead blame the protests on the United States’ trade embargo.
They argued that they “condemn” the US government’s “inhumane treatment of Cubans” and said that the economic embargo has “forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba” by restricting their access to food and supplies.
They then went on to suggest that the Cuban people are being “punished” by the USA who are “instigating suffering for the country’s 11 million people – of which 4 million are Black and Brown.”
“Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent,” they said before concluding that they “look to President Biden” to end the embargo which they called a “blatant human rights violation”.
Twitter users slam Black Lives Matter’s statement
The Black Lives Matter statement is receiving backlash as social media users slam their horrible misrepresentation of what is happening in Cuba.
People are claiming that the statement is inaccurate and that the protests in Cuba have nothing to do with the US embargo, and are actually fuelled by the government’s Communist regime.
“I still stand with and support the Black Lives Matter movement. I believe in what they stand for. The organization, specifically the BLM instagram statement, has incorrectly portrayed the situation in Cuba. It’s hurtful to Cubans who are literally dying to be heard,” one person wrote.
Another said: “I was happy when I heard they acknowledged the situation in Cuba until I started reading the post. Please if you plan on posting about things do your research and realize that there is not a single cuban asking for the embargo to be lifted.”
“It is not the U.S that has made Cuba the hell it is, no one is more at fault then the cuban regime, the dictatorship,” they continued.
Black Lives Matter supported Fidel Castro in 2016
Following the backlash, social media users are also uncovering a 2016 tweet where Black Lives Matter openly supported Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
After his death, they wrote: “Rest in Power #FidelCastro.”
The tweet has drawn criticism as social media users claim that BLM is supporting the man who is responsible for the suffering and hardship that Cubans have experienced for decades.
“Can you take this down. You don’t understand the pain and suffering this man has caused my family,” one person wrote.
Another said: “So Many Cubans supported Black Lives Matter, and this is what you guys do for us? Disappointing is an understatement. My people are dying fighting for FREEDOM and this is what you do in return?”