President Biden must step in to prevent a 'massacre' in Cuba as dictator Miguel Diaz-Canel attempts to control the recent uprising in Havana that saw thousands take to the streets demanding freedom, the leader of a prominent Cuban exile organization in the US has warned.
Havana-born Dr. Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, who is based in Miami, said he believes Cubans are 'very close to achieving freedom' after the communist country saw one of the biggest displays of antigovernment sentiment in years over the weekend.
'It's a historic moment. The people have risen,' he said in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com.
'But I am fearful of repercussions. That's why as a unified community we are asking President Biden to take the lead and protect the Cuban people, protect them from a bloodbath and bring this regime to an end.
'Unless the international community acts as a friend of the Cuban people, and tells this regime to stop the repression, there is going to be a massacre.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Gutierrez-Boronat, the head of the Cuban Democratic Directorate, spoke out as he shared video footage of Cuba's fearsome Black Beret specialist force shooting at protestors in the streets.
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Miami-based Dr. Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat (left) - the leader of the Cuban Democratic Directorate - has called on President Joe Biden to 'take the lead' in the Cuban people's fight against tyrannical rule
In Havana, thousands of Cubans took part in rare protests on Sunday against the communist government, marching through a town chanting 'Down with the dictatorship' and 'We want liberty'
Cubans are seen outside Havana's Capitol during a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana
The footage also revealed a man and woman with bullet wounds, and other paramilitary-style officers hurling stones and using sticks to quell dissent.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Sunday's protests were remarkable because thousands risked arrest to throng streets in capital Havana and 29 other cities in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run Caribbean island in decades.
Most were allowed to march, chanting 'libertad' - Spanish for freedom - and 'down with the dictatorship' without being seized, although there were arrests captured on film.
However the new video, said to have been taken on Sunday, showed authorities in some areas did launch a bloody crackdown on the protests over human rights abuses, soaring inflation, and food shortages.
The footage begins the Cuban president saying: 'The order of combat has been given to the street revolutionaries.'
Gutierrez-Boronat told Dailymail.com: 'Miguel Diaz-Canel has called for violence, he has called for a genocide against his own people.
'Yesterday and today we are seeing the Cuban Gestapo, known as the Black Berets, on the streets shooting at the people, beating the people.'
He said he fears Russian and Chinese 'advisors' will put pressure on the regime for a bloodthirsty crackdown.
This would include further use of the Black Berets, who are trained by Cuba's special forces with a mission to identify protest leaders 'and destroy them,' he added.
But Gutierrez-Boronat revealed that some regular police offers actually joined in on the protests.
'On Sunday they were so overwhelmed by the massive national rebellion,' he said.
'They know how unpopular this regime is, they know the Cuban people want freedom. They know Cuban people believe they have a shot this time.'
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Dad-of-three Ivan Hidalgo (left) was given three years in 2019 simply for wearing a pro-democracy t-shirt (pictured)
Pictured: A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel. In an interview with DailyMail.com, Gutierrez-Boronat warned of a bloody crackdown or even a 'massacre' of protesters if allies don't take action
Riot police walk the streets after a demonstration against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Arroyo Naranjo Municipality, Havana on on Monday
Gutierrez-Boronat, who settled in the US in 1971, said the protests continued on Monday.
The regime cut the island's internet to try to suppress the dissents, which had spread through social media.
However some footage released by SOSCuba showed demonstrators on the streets of Havana for a second day.