|To the University of Miami Community:|
In July, as courageous Cubans took to the streets across the island, I called for all of us to come together in support of those whose heritage has contributed so much to the University of Miami.
This week, we have witnessed with horror the lengths to which the Cuban security apparatus will go to silence the voices of those demanding their human rights. The authoritarian communist regime may be able to mobilize state agents, police, and even frightened civilians to prevent peaceful demonstrations on its soil, but it will not quash the fight for freedom.
Last night, our Undergraduate Student Government Senate boldly expressed how we at the U feel about oppression in Cuba, which is emblematic of the erosion of democracy manifesting in other countries. We see the tactics of the Cuban government carried out by totalitarians elsewhere, including in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Yet we find hope for the future in the principles embodied by brave people refusing to surrender their dignity and liberty.
Let me be unequivocal: the University of Miami stands with the Cuban people. We stand against repression.
I applaud our students for lifting their voices in support of those prevented from using their own. I join them in calling for solidarity with those demanding “Patria y Vida” here in Miami and around the world.