Shifting from campaign promises, Biden announces Cuba sanctions after protest crackdown

Shifting from campaign promises, Biden announces Cuba sanctions after protest crackdown

Shifting from campaign promises, Biden announces Cuba sanctions after protest crackdown WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced new sanctions Thursday targeting a top Cuban military official and a unit of the government's repressive state security apparatus, which he said was responsible for the brutal crackdown on historic protests across the island this month. Biden's decision marks a shift from his promises during the campaign, when he vowed to restore the Obama-era thaw in U.S.-Cuba policy. Administration officials and Cuba experts say the unprecedented protests in Cuba have prompted a change in Biden's strategy and rhetoric on Cuba. "This is just the beginning – the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people," Biden said in a statement Thursday. In Thursday's action, the White House used a federal human rights law to sanction Alvaro Lopez Miera, minister of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces, and a special brigade in the government's intelligence ministry. Critics of Cuba's communist government applauded the announcement, although it's not clear if the penalties will carry much of a punch. It's unlikely that …
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