New Florida law requires instructing schoolchildren in “evils of communism”

The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantissigned a law on Monday so that students in the state receive instruction about “the dangers and evils of communism“and dedicate a day to the memory of the victims of that ideology.

In the Freedom Tower, an emblematic building in Miami where the first exiles from Cuba were received in the early 1960s and surrounded by officials and leaders of the Cuban community and exile, Republican DeSantis signed HB 395.

Under this law passed by the Florida Congress, dominated by the Republican Party, on November 7 the more than 100 million people around the world “victims of communism” will be remembered.

Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ukraine and China were the most mentioned countries in the act headed by DeSantiswho seeks to be re-elected for a second term in the elections next November.

Rosa Maria Payadaughter of the opposition leader Oswaldo Payawho died in 2012 along with fellow opponent Harold Cepero in a traffic accident that, according to his family’s complaints to international organizations, was caused by Cuban security agents, he thanked DeSantis for this initiative.

Payá, who spoke from a lectern with the legend “Honoring the victims of communism”, mentioned his father and the more than a thousand political prisoners that, according to what he said, are currently in Cuba in his speech and accused the Cuban regime of having caused “the collapse of the democracies of Venezuela and Nicaragua”.

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Núñezof Cuban origin, stressed that if there is a place in the world where the importance of freedom is known, it is Miami because of the many exiles it has received.

In the only sentence in Spanish of the act, Núñez said that “Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans are united in the fight for freedom.”

Núñez said that this legislation is “important” because “not only is it going to educate our children but also our children’s children.”

Briefly speaking, Florida’s new Commissioner of Education, Manny Diazalso of Cuban origin, who must supervise that what is established by law is complied with: that high school students receive at least 45 minutes of class per year on communism beginning in the 2023-2024 school year.

Students will be taught how suffering is caused under communist regimes “through the suppression of free speech, poverty, famine, emigration and systematic violence”.