Florida’s Ron DeSantis is hoping his state can help pro-Democracy protestors in Cuba by helping provide internet. DeSantis told Cuban exile members that it’s his hope that Florida companies can help Cubans by beaming in Internet service to protestors in Havana via satellite.
According to The Daily Wire:
Cuba’s government blocked social media sites late Sunday in an effort to prevent demonstrators from coordinating with each other, but also to create a media blackout, forcing news organizations covering the pro-democracy protests — the largest in decades — to rely on the official Cuban government transmissions on the subject, rather than on-the-ground reports.
“On Monday, Cuban authorities were blocking Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Telegram said Alp Toker, director of Netblocks, a London-based internet monitoring firm,” ABC News reported. Twitter does “not appear to be blocked,” though it does appear that Cuba’s government has the power to restrict access.
DeSantis told Cuba’s exile community on Tuesday night that he is trying to convince Florida companies to beam in access to the internet, providing secure, open networks to Cuban dissidents so that they can continue to organize, even if the government moves in to shut down communication.
“What does the regime do when you start to see these images? They shut down the internet. They don’t want the truth to be out, they don’t want people to be able to communicate,” DeSantis said, according to the Miami Herald. “And so one of the things I think we should be able to do with our private companies or with the United States is to provide some of that internet via satellite. We have companies on the Space Coast that launch these things.”
Some protestors have still managed to capture footage and send it to friends and allies stateside that can then post on social media, however the process isn’t perfect. The White House has claimed the protests are actually a result of COVID-19 not Cuba’s Communist government.