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Contact: Sara Robertson (Sara.Robertson2@mail.house.gov)
Rep. Crawford Supports Cuban People’s Fight Against Socialism
Washington — This weekend, Cuban citizens took to the streets in protest to demand freedom, and for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down. Cuba has been suffering from economic turmoil which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Cuban citizens have been experiencing food and power shortages as a result of the economic hardships created by over 60 years of living under a socialist/Marxist regime. These protestors were met with tear gas and several arrests all at the hands of the Cuban government.
“In my visits to Cuba I have seen firsthand how socialism takes a beautiful country and populates it with poverty and despair. It’s a bit ironic that the Cuban people are using the US flag as a symbol of democracy in their protests while progressives in Congress continue to peddle their socialist agenda and praise Fidel Castro. It’s time to accept that socialism doesn’t benefit the working class, it creates starvation and extinguishes all personal freedoms. I will always stand with those who are actively fighting for their freedom against oppressive governments,” said Rep. Crawford.
Representative Crawford represents Arkansas’s First District and has pursued multiple avenues during his time in Congress to advance agricultural trade with Cuba and its citizenry to, among other things, assist with food shortages there:
2015 – Crawford Announces Cuba Working Group
2016 – Crawford Heading to Cuba on Trade Trip
2016 – Crawford Sends Trump Transition Team Letter on Cuba
2017 – Crawford: Those whose property was thieved would receive compensation
2017 – WSJ: Open Cuba’s Market to U.S. Farmers
2017 – Crawford Opposes Cuba Policy Shift
2018 – Farm Bill Language Signifies Trade with Cuba as Historic, Mutually Beneficial
2019 – Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Assist Farmers in Exporting to Cuba