The US lower house approved a resolution in support of the protesters protesting the dictatorship in Cuba.


The text, presented by Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz with the support of both Florida MPs and Republican Mario Diaz-Ballart, was approved by 382 votes.

The US House of Representatives approved a resolution in support of the protesters in Cuba who took to the streets on July 11 and planned to do so again on November 15, condemning the "violent repression" of the Cuban regime.

The text, presented by Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz with the support of Republican Mario Díaz-Balart, both representatives of the state of Florida, was adopted by the lower house with 382 votes in favor and 40 against.

A majority of Republican legislators backed the initiative, which calls on members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), the Cuban Ministry of the Interior, and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) "not to arrest or detain peaceful protesters."

In addition, it urges Havana authorities to release all political prisoners immediately and arbitrarily detain those detained following the protests.

It also calls not to restrict access to the Internet for Cubans, as well as to all sites and applications "even during future peaceful demonstrations and protests.

He also urged the Biden administration to find ways to allow remittances, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to directly benefit the Cuban people without providing US dollars to the Cuban military.

On Twitter, Díaz-Balart said that the resolution is "a matter of basic human rights and democracy" and targeted those who voted against it, saying that "they are on the wrong side of history."

Among the 40 Democrats who did not endorse the text are legislators Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Pramila Jayapal, known for their leftist positions.

Thousands of Cubans demonstrated on July 11 and 12 in 50 cities shouting "we are hungry" and "freedom," with a death toll, dozens of injured, and more than a thousand detainees, of which about 560 are still in prison.

On Monday, a Cuban opposition group called for a march on November 15 denounced that its members have been the target of repression by the regime, while authorities accuse their leaders of being agents of the United States.

The complaints are threats of dismissal, intimidation, police surveillance, home confinement, and arbitrary detentions.

The dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel has warned the organizers of criminal consequences if they persist in the call for a demonstration, which is scheduled in Havana and six other provinces of the island.

Resolutions of the US Congress are not binding like law but rather express the collective sentiment of legislators on an issue or event.