Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Cori Bush of Missouri have but to weigh in on Black Lives Matter declaring its help for Cuba’s communist regime, though the congresswomen have been vocal BLM supporters up to now.
Black Lives Matter sparked a backlash late Wednesday after posting an announcement that blasted the U.S. embargo and praised Cuba’s authorities.
“The folks of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. authorities as a result of the nation has maintained its dedication to sovereignty and self-determination,” the assertion stated. “United States leaders have tried to crush this Revolution for many years.”
The assertion additionally credited Cuba’s authorities for “defending Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur,” a convicted cop-killer who fled to Cuba after escaping from jail in 1979. BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has repeatedly praised Shakur up to now.
Ocasio-Cortez and Omar are vocal supporters of BLM, whereas Bush was a BLM activist earlier than becoming a member of Congress.
“In Minnesota, Black Lives Matter was on the poll. George Floyd was on the poll. Racial justice was on the poll,” Omar wrote in a tweet after the November election. “The end result? Document turnout, a swing in direction of Democrats and positive factors within the suburbs.”
The congressional places of work for Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and Bush did not instantly return Fox Information’ requests for remark.
BLM is not the one group allied with AOC to have praised the oppressive Cuban regime. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which counts Ocasio-Cortez and Bush amongst its members, appeared to sign its help for the Cuban regime this week.
The DSA Worldwide Committee on Monday declared its solidarity with the “Revolution” – the time period utilized by the communist regime – “on this second of unrest.” The DSA’s nationwide arm additionally echoed Cuba’s president in blaming America’s commerce embargo with the communist regime for the unrest.