US President Joe Biden on Thursday attacked the Cuban government for cracking down on independence protesters in the island nation and imposed sanctions on the head of the Cuban military and internal security division, which led the attacks on the protesters.
Biden announced the sanctions, saying, “I categorically condemn mass detentions and pretentious trials punishing those who dare to speak up in an attempt to intimidate and intimidate the Cuban people.” “
Biden said, “The Cuban people have the same right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as all people. The United States stands with the brave Cubans who have taken the streets to protest 62 years of repression under communist rule. But have landed.”
Biden’s rebuke for Cuba’s actions is almost a face for him. He promised to try to ease ties with the country, which is just 145 kilometers from the US coastal state of Florida, after former President Donald Trump took a tough stance against Cuba.
The sanctions targeted the Cuban Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces lvaro López Mira and the Cuban Ministry of the Interior Special National Brigade, also known as the Black Berets.
The sanctions, imposed under the US Global Magnitsky Act, freeze any Cuban assets under US jurisdiction and restrict travel to the US. As a practical effect, the action publicly names Cuban officials for action. and serves to embarrass.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined Biden in condemning the Cuban government’s response to the protests that began on July 11. Hundreds of dissidents have been arrested in the most significant demonstrations in Cuba in decades. Many protesters are out of touch with family members.
“The actions of Cuba’s security forces highlight the regime’s own people’s fear and reluctance to meet their basic needs and aspirations,” Blinken said.
He added that López Mira and the Special National Brigade “have been involved in suppressing the protests, including physical violations and threats.”
Biden said Thursday’s sanctions and condemnation of President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s government were “just the beginning — the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for the oppression of the Cuban people.”
“As we hold the Cuban regime accountable,” Biden said, “our support for the Cuban people is unwavering, and we are ensuring that Cuban Americans are involved in our efforts to provide relief to those suffering on the island.” An important partner.”
The US leader said his administration is “working with civil society organizations and the private sector to provide Internet access to the Cuban people in ways that circumvent the regime’s censorship efforts.”
In addition, Biden said the US is reviewing its cash remittance policy to prevent the theft of funds by Cuban authorities. Migrants have also reported sending money to relatives in Cuba only to find that the government stole it.
Biden said the US was committed to increasing the size of its embassy staff in Havana to provide consular services to Cuba, but in 2017 and 2018 withdrew 10 US diplomats. Several messengers in Havana complained of sound attacks that left them physically incapacitated. .
“Advancing human dignity and freedom is a top priority for my administration, and we will work closely with our allies across the region, including the Organization of American States, to immediately release political prisoners wrongly detained by the regime.” to restore internet access, and let the Cuban people enjoy their fundamental rights,” Biden said.