President Joe Biden mentioned the US stands with Cuba as hundreds of Cubans rally in opposition to the federal government amid a rising financial disaster, elevated repression in opposition to political opponents and a surge in Covid-19 instances that has strained the nation’s healthcare system.
“The Cuban persons are bravely asserting basic and common rights. These rights, together with the suitable of peaceable protest and the suitable to freely decide their very own future, have to be revered,” Biden mentioned in an announcement. “America calls on the Cuban regime to listen to their individuals and serve their wants at this very important second slightly than enriching themselves.”
Biden added that the US stands “with the Cuban individuals and their clarion name for freedom and aid from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the a long time of repression and financial struggling to which they’ve been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime.”
We stand with the Cuban individuals as they bravely assert their basic and common rights, and as all of them name for freedom and aid from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the a long time of repression and financial struggling. https://t.co/KGY3MFfsw0
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 12, 2021
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel was defiant and blamed the civil unrest on the U.S. embargo in opposition to Cuba, sanctions which he and his administration say have contributed to energy outages and restricted entry to meals and medical provides.
“What’s their origin, what’s their trigger? It’s the blockade,” he said when requested why residents are protesting.