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Bella Thorne denounces Cuba’s ‘heartless decision’ to tax food sales and calls on Biden to end ‘brutal suffering’


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Bella Thorne is calling on politicians around the world, including President Biden, to help end the suffering of Cuban citizens in the wake of the new 10% tax on food sales.

Cuba announced the tax earlier this month. It targets the self-employed and small and medium-sized businesses in the retail sector of the food industry.

It’s a decision that has discouraged the 24-year-old actress and singer, who is half-Cuban. In an interview with Fox News Digital, Thorne expressed his displeasure with the economic hardship Cubans are facing and called on Biden to lead the charge to help those who will be most affected.

“I oppose the new tax on food sales by the anti-democratic Cuban regime because it amplifies the serious suffering of the Cuban people,” said the former Disney actress.

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Bella Thorne attends the ‘Time Is Up’ movie photocall during the 19th Alice Nella Città 2021 at Casa Alice on October 16, 2021 in Rome.
(Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

“It is a heartless decision that deeply saddens me and motivates me to want to do even more to fight to bring democracy to Cuba. I hold the tyrannical thugs in power responsible for this decision and the wave of brutal suffering that ‘it will inflict on Cuban people who only want to be free like you and I are as Americans.’

“The dictatorship controls everything”

Thorne called attention to the “brutal and corrupt dictatorship” under which the Cuban people have lived for “more than 60 years”. She asked Biden to “think about what it would be like as Americans to live through six decades where you can’t share your thoughts or decide who represents you politically.”

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“The dictatorship controls everything in Cuba, including the media and internet access,” she continued. “President Biden can work to give Cubans more tools to access the internet so they can stop the Cuban government from deleting activists’ social media posts.”

“President Biden can work to give Cubans more tools to access the internet so they can stop the Cuban government from deleting activists’ social media posts.”

—Bella Thorne

Specifically, Thorne pointed to the use of tools like Psiphon, which she says is a “free internet censorship circumvention app, so Cubans can communicate with each other to fight internet censorship by sophisticated firewalls.

The singer called the timing of the levy “catastrophic” given that the country is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, as well as coronavirus case.

“There is no respect for human rights in Cuba,” she said.

According to reports, low-income households are likely to be hit the hardest by the new tax. Thorne said she was “fighting for freedom [for Cuba] strikes deep in my heart.”

Bella Thorne denounces Cuba’s ‘heartless decision’ to tax food sales and calls on Biden to end ‘brutal suffering’

Bella Thorne is half Cuban.
(Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

In a message to the Cuban people, Thorne shared, “My the heart embraces you and the raw suffering that you continue to experience. As Americans, please know that we care about freedom and we join you because you deserve to be free. One day the Cuban regime will fall, so don’t lose hope. You will see a day when your desire for freedom like we have in America will come to you.”

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Diagnosed with dyslexia

Thorne’s father, Delancey Reinaldo Thorne, was a first-generation Cuban born on a military base in Key West, Florida. She said Spanish was her first language as a child and was later diagnosed with dyslexia in third grade.

Bella Thorne denounces Cuba’s ‘heartless decision’ to tax food sales and calls on Biden to end ‘brutal suffering’

Bella Thorne attends the 21st Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in January 2020.
(Getty Pictures)

“I couldn’t read or write at all, so the learning center I was going to recommended that I focus on English because it would be too difficult to focus on both languages,” he said. she stated.

This is not the first time that the star has publicly defended the Cuban people.

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Amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and runaway inflation in the country last July, Thorne posted an image of his father and siblings to his Instagram with a lengthy caption calling for international help to help the inhabitants of the besieged country.

“I don’t know my family in Cuba. I have never been able to travel and meet them,” she wrote. “I don’t know if they are caught up in the violence right now, if they have food, water or medicine. I don’t know if they are safe or if they have survived the pandemic that is sweeping through this beautiful island. What I am saying is that Cuba needs our help.”

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