The governor, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez invited Cuban Americans to invest in Cuba’s economic development and assured that all those who want to contribute to the country are “welcome.”
Last week, Díaz-Canel visited the United States to participate in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. It has a wide program of activities that includes meeting with Cubans living in the United States.
The appointment was on September 22, in the evening of the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations. There, the communist leader assured that Cubans living on the island were dependent on those living abroad.
“Know that those in Cuba resisted, created, and built. We are counting on you, said Díaz-Canel, who invited the residents abroad to invest in the development of the country.
Cuba has had long decades of scarcity and deprivation, but in the last three years, the people have experienced one of their worst economic crises after the terrible policies promoted during Díaz-Canel’s time in office.
“All who want to build are welcome. Together, we will fulfill and unite Martí’s desire for a republic with all and the benefit of all,” insisted the president of the Cuban emigrants.
He knows that this peaceful coexistence that he proposes is not even remotely possible in the repressive context that the country is experiencing. He tried to lighten it up by acknowledging that there were political differences among the Cubans, but he assured them that they would be overcome.
“Our message is one of unity, patriotism, and openness to all who want to contribute. We listen to everyone with respect, even if we have differences of different kinds.”
Díaz-Canel’s speech can be interpreted as a desperate strategy of the regime to attract investors to Cuba or as an attempt to save the poor economy of the island at all costs to stay in power.
The president’s words sparked outrage in the Cuban community in exile, precisely fed by the people who were suppressed in Cuba because of different thinking from the regime, who escaped from the shortages and poverty resulting from the failed communist economic policies, and even from private businessmen who were once persecuted under the pretext of illegal enrichment.
Opponents of the regime protested in the streets of New York and showed their rejection of the visit of the president of the United States. In one of the demonstrations, groups of Cuban exiles shouted harsh words to the island’s ruler, such as “Diaz-Canel Singao, Murderer,” and “Coward”.