LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Protests continue across the globe and right here in Acadiana as Cubans rally to fight decades of oppression under a communist government.
In Lafayette Wednesday afternoon, many gathered at Cafe’ Habana City to support protesters who are taking a stand against the Cuban government.
Rafael Garcia, owner of Cafe Habana, has been in the United States since 1983.
He has family still in Cuba and says he has no communication with them and has not heard from them in days.
He says the dictatorship and communist government control everything, people are dying and being killed and it must end.
“For 63 years our people have been afraid to come out and protest in the streets. Sunday, everybody went out because they’re feeling awful and they’re hungry. They don’t like the system anymore. They’re protesting against the communist regime that is a dictator in Cuba.”
Wednesday, national media reported Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel for the first time acknowledged government shortcomings after previously blaming the unrest on social media agitation from the U.S.
Garcia says that’s a start, but it will take much more to end the 60 plus years of oppression.
“We want the whole world to stand together and save us — Cubans are uniting asking the world to help save them. We don’t want no more politicians to make points with Cuban life. We don’t want no one else in the world to say that the system in Cuba is a good system. Communism is not good. Communists kill people.”
There are reports of at least one person dead and more than 100 arrested in the protests in Cuba.