'Just the beginning': US imposes new sanctions on Cuba
Days after anti-government demonstrations, President Diaz-Canel says ‘what the world is seeing of Cuba is a lie’.
The move signals the Biden administration is unlikely to soften the US approach towards Cuba anytime soon.
The United States imposed sanctions on a senior Cuban security official and an interior ministry brigade following a crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this month, the US Treasury Department announced Thursday.
The move marks the first concrete steps by President Joe Biden’s administration to apply pressure on the Cuban government as the United States faces calls from US lawmakers and the Cuban-American community to show greater support for the protesters.
“This is just the beginning,” Biden said in a statement. “The United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people.”
“I unequivocally condemn the mass detentions and sham trials that are unjustly sentencing to prison those who dared to speak out in an effort to intimidate and threaten the Cuban people into silence,” said Biden.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “We’ve made clear over the last week that …
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