President Joe Biden on Monday urged Cuba’s communist authorities to “hear” protesters demanding an finish to “repression” and poverty.
“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” Biden mentioned in a press release.
“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”
The strongly worded assertion was positive to anger Cuba’s leaders, who say Washington is stirring up the uncommon mass avenue protests within the authoritarian nation.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday mentioned US financial sanctions had been the reason for the turmoil, calling it a “policy of economic suffocation to provoke social unrest in the country.”
The Biden administration — targeted on home challenges together with battling Covid-19 and passing infrastructure laws, whereas additionally withdrawing from the 20-year warfare in Afghanistan — has largely ignored Cuba till now.
But the island has vital weight on US politics, with Cuban Americans a formidable presence within the necessary electoral state of Florida.
On Sunday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Cuba towards a crackdown on the protesters.
“The US supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba, and would strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights,” he tweeted.
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