Republican Senator from Tennessee Marsha W. Blackburn told the Voice of America that the Open Technology Fund Authorization Act that she has promoted with Senator Bob Menéndez, Democrat of New Jersey, would help countries like Cuba much more, where the government blocked the internet after the July 11 protests. Blackburn noted in an interview Wednesday that the technology would allow people in countries whose governments block the internet “to keep communicating” with each other and with the outside world. “Until last night,” he explained, “we had more than a quarter of a million Cubans using (the internet) in their fight for democracy, in their fight for freedom, in their fight for food, water, electricity and jobs.” Also read: One dead and more than 100 arrested after protests: What is happening in Cuba? In response to a question about what more legislation could help the independent press in Cuba and other repressive countries to make their stories known, the senator said that leadership is needed first. Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. “We need the president (Joe Biden) to come out and say that we are with the people of Cuba… as we have done in recent years to ensure that either in Iran, or the freedom fighters in Hong Kong, or in China… say that we are with the peoples who are fighting for their freedom ”. Blackburn insisted that “this is very important” and that “it is also important that our government continues to sanction the bad actors in this country and send that message that we fully know what they are doing.” Internet in Cuba: What is happening and why the blockade? Internet in Cuba: What is happening and why the blockade? The senator expressed confidence that her legislation helps citizen activists, journalists and the general public alike. “When one can take those videos, or the interviews, outside the country that is experiencing oppression, and experiencing loss of communication, with so many bloggers and podcast producers, and journalists who create their media (…) in that sense they are propagating right now all this to the Cuban Americans in Miami ”, he affirmed. * Version of Waldo Serrano. Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline.