Accusations of Information Manipulation: The Controversy Surrounding Cuban Leader’s U.S. Visit
Background of the Controversy
Recently, the Cuban comedian Aleanis Jáuregui, popularly known as Cuqui La Mora, accused Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel of manipulating information about his recent visit to the United States. A video surfaced showing Díaz-Canel expressing gratitude to a crowd in New York, near the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations. He claimed to have felt significant support during his U.S. visit. These claims, however, were met with skepticism by some internet users who perceived them as misinformation.
Cuqui La Mora’s Accusations
Not one to shy away from expressing her views, Cuqui La Mora took to social media to label Díaz-Canel a liar and a hypocrite. She asserted that the only Cubans chanting in support of the Cuban leader were those accompanying him. The remaining crowd, she claimed, consisted of individuals of other nationalities who were unknowingly supporting what she referred to as a ‘communist lie’.
Díaz-Canel’s U.S. Visit
Miguel Díaz-Canel arrived in New York on September 17 to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. During his stay, he had a packed schedule which included meetings with Cuban diplomats, visits to educational institutions and cultural projects, and attending several meetings with high-ranking officials.
The last event on his agenda was a gathering at the Society of Culture and Ethics in New York. The event, termed ‘Solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela’, was attended by around 800 individuals and aimed at allowing participants to express their opposition to the economic embargo on Cuba.
Protests and Opposition
Despite the claimed support, the Cuban leader’s stay in the U.S. was not devoid of controversy. Opponents of the regime voiced their dissent on the streets of New York. Cuban exiles attending one of the demonstrations reproached Díaz-Canel with harsh words, labeling him a “murderer” and a “coward”.
Who is Cuqui La Mora?
Cuqui La Mora is a well-known critic of the communist regime. She recently managed to get her family out of Cuba, thanks to the humanitarian parole approved by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden earlier this year.
The main point of this narrative is that the Cuban leader’s visit to the U.S. sparked controversy and protests. Accusations of information manipulation have added another layer to these conversations, particularly in relation to Díaz-Canel’s claims of receiving widespread support. The situation underscores the continued tensions and complex dynamics between Cuba and the U.S.
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