Jorge Masvidal and other fighters support recent Cuban protests
Many Cubans now living in the United States, as well as Cuban Americans, have taken to the streets and online to show their support for unprecedented anti-government protests last week in Cuba.
Among these, several eminent personalities from the world of MMA spoke out against the Communist government of Cuba. Cuban Olympic medalists Yoel Romero and Hector Lombard, UFC’s Jorge Masvidal and others have expressed outrage at the growing humanitarian crisis on the island.
Protests in Cuba began on Sunday July 11, when thousands of people took to the streets of many cities, including the capital Havana, to demand an end to decades of dictatorship, chanting “Libertad” (freedom). Discontent with the Cuban government has been simmering for years, but the situation has reached an all-time high as conditions have been made worse by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Cubans today face shortages of food, vaccines and basic necessities.
The last time Cubans took to the streets to protest was in 1994 during an uprising known as Maleconazo, which took place in Havana. The current protest is said to be the largest anti-government protest in 30 years.
Below is how some of the Cuban and Cuban-born MMA fighters reacted to the ongoing uprising in their home countries.
“Good afternoon and blessings everyone. I am very surprised but happy to see what is happening in Cuba right now. I saw the videos on social media. This is something that should have happened before, but in any case, thank goodness, is happening now.
“It’s more of a call that I want to make to all Cubans around the world to come out and show their support for all Cubans right now on the island. Now is the time to really shout and push . This is the time to go out and support the Cubans who are on the island. It is the time of “Patria y Vida” – Homeland and life. Let us go out and do not give our. To those who perish and suffer from problems of the Castrista government.
“Of the ‘Soldier of God’, I tell you that it is not just a question of words. If we are to get on a plane and give our lives, we will. Patria y Vida, ‘from the Soldier of God.
CUBA LIBRE!!!!!! IT’S TIME !!! 🇨🇺❤️
– Valérie Loureda (@valerielouedaa) July 14, 2021