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Biden Admin Calls for 'Calm' as Thousands of Cubans Rise Up Against Communist Regime

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Thousands of protestors across Cuba marched in an unprecedented demonstration of discontent Sunday against the ruling Communist government.

Cuba has never seen such an uprising against the ruling Communist Party of Cuba in over 30 years, The New York Times reported.

The people were lashing out against the ruling Communists over food shortages, rising prices and COVID-19 vaccine shortages, according to The Independent.

“The people are dying of hunger!” one woman chanted in an Artemisa province demonstration, according to footage uploaded on Facebook. “Our children are dying of hunger!”

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The voice of the people chanting “Libertad!,” which translates to “Liberty!,” and shouts of “We are not afraid!” echoed on the streets of Cuba’s capital city Havana. Some of the protestors were waving the American flag as they shouted for freedom.

In what seemed to be a rebuke of Fidel Castro’s “Patria O Muerte (Homeland or Death)” slogan, some of the protestors chanted “¡Patria y Vida! (Homeland and Life!)”

Videos from Bejucal, south of Havana, show citizens shouting for freedom as townspeople bring out a statue of “Our Lady of Charity (Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre)” from a local place of worship. Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre is a name given to Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is considered the country’s Patroness.

The display of the statue during the protests was a powerful symbol in a country known for restricting religious practice after the Communist seizure of power in 1959.

The COVID-19 pandemic which stopped vital tourism revenue from flowing into the country was the straw that broke the camel’s back after years of Communist repression, The Times reported.

The Communist government of the country on Sunday blamed the United States for the island country’s economic situation.

“Cubans know perfectly well that the government of the United States is principally responsible for Cuba’s current situation,” Cuba’s foreign ministry said in a Twitter post. “Cuba and its streets belong to the revolutionaries.”

Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel claimed, without providing evidence, “a group of counterrevolutionary people, mercenaries” funded by the U.S. government “set up this type of demonstration, at a time when we have to focus on how we care for those who are suffering.”

“We are ready for everything. We will be in the streets fighting. We are calling on communists and revolutionaries to go to the street and confront the protests today and everyday,” Díaz-Canel said.

Some of the demonstrators hurled stones at police officers, The Associated Press reported.

AP journalists saw police and individuals donning civilian clothes take over 20 people away before the march dispersed.

“The people came out to express themselves freely, and they are repressing and beating them,” Rev. Jorge Luis Gil, a Roman Catholic priest, told the AP.

When several people took out their smartphones to broadcast the march and the police response, the Communist regime responded by shutting down internet connectivity.

Roughly 300 pro-Communist marchers then came, bearing huge Cuban flags. They were shouting pro-Fidel Castro and pro-Communist revolution slogans. Some of those demonstrators attacked an AP videojournalist, destroying his camera. Police attacked another AP photojournalist, the outlet reported.

The Biden administration’s Acting Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung was slammed by critics on social media for tying the protests to COVID-19.

“Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID case/deaths & medicine shortage. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors,” Chung wrote in a Sunday post on Twitter.

According to Chung’s Twitter bio, posts expressing her viewpoint must be signed with her initials “JC.” However, this post did not have her initials, leaving netizens to wonder if she was expressing her personal opinion or that of the Biden administration.

Fox News‘ request for clarification was not immediately answered by the Department of State.

“People in #Cuba are protesting 62 years of socialism, lies, tyranny & misery not ‘expressing concern about rising COVID cases/deaths’,” Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio wrote in a Twitter post calling Chung’s tweet “ridiculous.”

“Why is it so hard for @potus & the people in his administration to say that?” Rubio asked.

Chung then put out another Twitter post stating “We are deeply concerned by ‘calls to combat’ in #Cuba. We stand by the Cuban people’s right for peaceful assembly. We call for calm and condemn any violence,” without specifying who is making the “calls to combat.”

Chung was then asked by a Twitter user, “Who’s being violent in Cuba, Julie? Where are the ‘calls for combat’ coming from? Why can’t you condemn the communist regime? You embody everything wrong with the State Department.”

It took a day since the protests began for U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to gather the courage to finally issue a statement on the protests.

“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” a White House news release stated.

“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected. The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”

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Deadly Earthquake Hits Greece, Shocking Footage Caught on Camera

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People on the island of Crete, Greece’s largest island, were jolted by a large earthquake that rumbled through on Monday at 9:17 a.m.

The epicenter of the earthquake was traced to 14 miles northwest of Arvi, a seaside village on the southeastern side of Crete, six miles deep.

Gerasimos Papadopoulos, a seismologist, said the area had been experiencing more activity than usual, and the quake was not wholly unexpected.



“This is not an event that occurred without warning,” Papadopoulos told Greece’s state broadcaster ERT, according to the BBC.

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“We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas.”



The Athens Geodynamic Institute registered it at a magnitude of 5.8, though the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre first reported it coming in at 6.5 and the United States Geological Survey said it registered as a 6.0.

One man was killed and at least nine people were injured. Many buildings — especially older ones — have experienced serious structural damage, and many streets are lined with rubble.



The man who died was working on renovating the dome of a chapel in Arkalochori, south of Heraklion, according to CNN. He was found unconscious after the church collapsed and was pronounced dead.

Since the quake, many have shared videos of the moment the earthquake hit. Security cameras show the damage as it happened, and people have been sharing their accounts of the event.

“Glasses started smashing so we ran outside by the pool,” Millie Mackay, who was on vacation from Britain with her 9-year-old daughter, told the BBC.

“There the bosses guided us to a place of safety … [The manager] was then calling out room numbers and checking if everyone was out and OK.”

“Fortunately, our home was not too badly damaged,” Evangelia Christaki, a local, said. “But the authorities have told us to stay outdoors over the next hours. In any case, we are so scared.”

Officials said that schools were closed down and 2,500 tents have been set up for those displaced, and government minister Christos Stylianidis has declared a state of emergency.

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People on the island of Crete, Greece’s largest island, were jolted by a large earthquake that rumbled through on Monday at 9:17 a.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was traced to 14 miles northwest of Arvi, a seaside village on the southeastern side of Crete, six miles deep. Gerasimos Papadopoulos, a seismologist, said the area had been experiencing more activity than usual, and the quake was not wholly unexpected. https://youtu.be/O70iUM-FXZ0 “This is not an event that occurred without warning,” Papadopoulos told Greece’s state broadcaster ERT, according to the BBC. “We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas.” https://youtu.be/tJuT4HmDWC8 The Athens Geodynamic Institute registered it at a magnitude of 5.8, though the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre first reported it coming in at 6.5 and the United States Geological Survey said it registered as a 6.0. One man was killed and at least nine people were injured. Many buildings — especially older ones — have experienced serious structural damage, and many streets are lined with rubble. The man who died was working on renovating the dome of a chapel in Arkalochori, south of Heraklion, according to CNN. He was found unconscious after the church collapsed and was pronounced dead. Since the quake, many have shared videos of the moment the earthquake hit. Security cameras show the damage as it happened, and people have been sharing their accounts of the event. Συνεχείς μετασεισμοί στο Ηράκλειο ο κόσμος είναι στους δρόμους και τα παρκα , η ανησυχία και ο φόβος είναι τα μόνα συναισθήματα που κυριαρχούν Δείτε πως κουνιέται η προσοψη του μαγαζιού μου Αυτός ήταν ο φοβερός #σεισμος 5,8 που κράτησε 25 δευτερόλεπτα pic.twitter.com/ybofqZmcRT — Μανόλης della Creta (@baxebanis)…

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'SNL' Embraces Far Left, Hires Avowed Socialist Who Aggressively Campaigns to 'Abolish the Police'

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Season 47 of the popular comedy and satire show “Saturday Night Live” will feature some new faces, including an avowed socialist.

As the show’s producers prepare for the Oct. 2 premiere of its next season, SNL’s official Twitter account announced Monday that three new faces will be joining the cast: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman.

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Among the trio, Sherman is known to be an active socialist. Known on the internet by the pseudonym “Sarah Squirm,” she is an artist and comedian who was featured in Vulture magazine’s “2018 list of Comedians You Should and Will Know.”

In a July report by The Hollywood Reporter discussing the democratic socialists in the film industry, Sherman was cited as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

According to its website, the organization believes in “Bringing Socialism from the Margins to the Mainstream.” As of 2017, according to Philadelphia Magazine, DSA is the “largest socialist group in the nation.”

The group has chapters across the country and backs Democratic policies such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, according to its website. The DSA also has a youth wing called Young Democratic Socialists of America.

The organization is not a political party in itself. However, some of its members have held office, such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

In addition to being part of an openly socialist organization, Sherman has expressed radical leftist opinions on her social media and has carried out activism on her profile, such as sharing information about fundraisers and calling for defunding the police.

“DEFUND THE POLICE @MayorOfLA!! put your money where your snout is,” she tweeted last year.

“[I’m] high on weed for the first time in two years and all i can say is …. abolish the police, my b****,” she wrote in another tweet.

The addition of Sherman to SNL is one new addition to a growing number of leftists in influential places in Hollywood.

The TV show allows radical leftists to join its cast while it has fired a comedian in the past for making politically incorrect jokes.

Shane Gillis was hired and then fired in 2019 after clippings of him making what was considered to be politically incorrect comments came to light.

“Chinatown’s f***ing nuts” Gillis was heard saying, followed by “let the f***ing ch**ks live there,” CNN reported.

“We want ‘SNL’ to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for ‘SNL.’ We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard,” SNL said in a statement.

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Season 47 of the popular comedy and satire show “Saturday Night Live” will feature some new faces, including an avowed socialist. As the show’s producers prepare for the Oct. 2 premiere of its next season, SNL’s official Twitter account announced Monday that three new faces will be joining the cast: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman. Welcome to the cast! Aristotle Athari James Austin Johnson Sarah Sherman pic.twitter.com/n36tKsxhRE — SNL is back October 2! (@nbcsnl) September 27, 2021 Among the trio, Sherman is known to be an active socialist. Known on the internet by the pseudonym “Sarah Squirm,” she is an artist and comedian who was featured in Vulture magazine’s “2018 list of Comedians You Should and Will Know.” Chatted comedy, art, #HelltrapNightmare & gross rebellion w/ the great Sarah Sherman 4 @RebelliousMag! Check it out> https://t.co/GK86RQkRnT pic.twitter.com/riiA08IgrM — Laurie (@Lauriefanelli) August 7, 2017 In a July report by The Hollywood Reporter discussing the democratic socialists in the film industry, Sherman was cited as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. According to its website, the organization believes in “Bringing Socialism from the Margins to the Mainstream.” As of 2017, according to Philadelphia Magazine, DSA is the “largest socialist group in the nation.” The group has chapters across the country and backs Democratic policies such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, according to its website. The DSA also has a youth wing called Young Democratic Socialists of America. The organization is not a political party in itself. However, some of its members have held office, such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. In addition to being part of an openly socialist organization, Sherman has expressed radical leftist opinions on her social media and has carried out activism on her profile, such as…

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