- The US government analyzes its policy towards Cuba
- President Joe Biden asks that violence not be used to control protests in Cuba
- The Cuban exile in Miami asks for international intervention to avoid blood in Cuba
Washington, Jul 14 (EFE News) .- The White House assured this Wednesday that it continues to “review” its policy towards Cuba and that any modification will seek to “encourage a change in behavior” of the Cuban government, in addition to taking into account the unprecedented protests of the Cuban government. Sunday on the island. “We continue to review our policy towards Cuba, looking at its impact on the political and economic well-being of the Cuban people,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki during her daily press conference.
He added that “there is no doubt that the protests over the weekend and what happened in recent days have been significant events (…)” and that, “obviously, will have an impact” on the US decision on ” how to proceed ”, he added. Almost six months after coming to power, the Government of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has so far not fulfilled its electoral promise to “return” to the thawing process with Cuba initiated by former president Barack Obama (2009-2017), of which he was vice president.
The White House analyzes support options for Cuba
Psaki recalled that the changes promoted by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) to reverse the thaw were “significant”, and that the White House continues to study which policy is the one that best supports the promotion of “democracy and rights humans ”on the island. “We want to do this through the prism of what will directly help the Cuban people and what will help encourage a change in behavior (of the Cuban government), if that is possible,” said the spokeswoman.
In April, Psaki assured that changing policy toward Cuba was not a priority for Biden, and in June, the United States showed that it had no special interest in repealing Trump’s measures, by voting against the annual UN resolution that condemns the US embargo on the island, instead of abstaining, as the Obama Executive did.
Regarding the current situation on the island, the spokeswoman again called for “the rapid release of the peaceful protesters who have been unjustly detained.” “The protests in Cuba have almost completely stopped due to the violent repression of the regime and its reprisals against Cubans who have exercised their fundamental and universal rights. This is unacceptable, ”stressed Psaki.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the government shouting “freedom!” in an unprecedented day that resulted in dozens of arrests and clashes after Díaz-Canel ordered his supporters to go out to confront the protesters. The protests, the strongest that have occurred in Cuba since the so-called “maleconazo” of August 1994, took place with the country plunged into a serious economic and health crisis, with the pandemic out of control and a severe shortage of food, medicine and other basic products, in addition to long power outages. EFE News
Biden demands that the Government of Cuba not repress the protests with “violence”
Washington, Jul 12 (EFE News) .- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, demanded this Monday government Cuban to avoid “violence” in his “attempt to silence” the unprecedented anti-government protests in Cuba, to which he once again expressed all his support. “The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I don’t think we’ve seen anything like these protests in a long, long time, or maybe ever, frankly, “Biden said in a statement to the press during an event at the White House.
The president added that his government is “firmly on the side of the Cuban people in their demand for their universal rights.” “And we ask the Government of Cuba to avoid violence in its attempt to silence the voices of the Cuban people,” he stressed. Asked about when he will be willing to change the policy towards Cuba of his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021), Biden avoided responding directly.
“We will have more to say about Cuba and Haiti as this week progresses. Stay tuned, ”he settled. The president’s comments in the Roosevelt Room of the White House marked his second reaction of the day to the massive protests on Sunday in Cuba, after the statement he issued a few hours earlier. In that note, Biden described the protests as “a call for freedom” of the Cuban people, who in his opinion acted in “courageous” exercise of their “fundamental rights.”
“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to listen to its people and serve their needs at this key moment, instead of enriching themselves,” said the president. In addition, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied on Monday that the United States was behind the protests in Cuba or that the embargo imposed by the United States is entirely responsible for the economic and health crisis that has spurred them on.
The opinions weren’t just from Biden
In his daily press conference, Psaki affirmed that “everything indicates” that they were “spontaneous expressions of people who are exhausted with the economic mismanagement and repression of the Government.” “These protests were inspired by the harsh reality of daily life in Cuba, not by anyone in another country,” added Psaki in response to “accusations” of US interference. The spokeswoman said that at the moment she had no policy change towards Cuba to announce, but assured that the protests have caused the White House to evaluate “how it can directly help the Cuban people.”
The Biden government showed just three weeks ago that it had no special interest in repealing Trump’s policy, by voting against the annual UN resolution that condemns the US embargo, instead of abstaining, as the Executive of the now former president did. Barack Obama (2009-2017). The protests on Sunday were the strongest that have occurred in Cuba since the so-called “maleconazo” of August 1994, and they occur with the country mired in a serious economic and health crisis, with the pandemic out of control and a severe shortage of food, medicine and other basic products, in addition to long routine power outages. EFE News
Exile calls for international intervention to avoid “bloodbath” in Cuba
Miami, Jul 11 (EFE News) .- Cuban exiles in Miami supported this Sunday the protests taking place in various cities and towns in Cuba and asked the United States Government to lead an international intervention to prevent the protesters from being victims of “A bloodbath.” “The day came when the people of Cuba rose up,” Orlando Gutiérrez, from the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, a platform of opposition organizations from inside and outside the island, told Efe.
The leader of the exile in Miami, who chairs the Cuban Democratic Directorate, stressed that, according to his information, there are protests in more than 15 cities and towns in Cuba. “It is very clear what the people of Cuba want, for this regime to end,” he stressed in statements to Efe. The Assembly called on the people to stay in the streets and the Police and the Armed Forces of Cuba to stand on the side of the people.
The situation in Cuba
Rosa María Paya, of the Cuba Decide movement, which has released several videos of today’s protests, spoke in similar terms to Gutiérrez when consulted by Efe. As he told Efe, the repression has already begun and there is even talk of shooting victims. From Cuba it was reported that in the protests carried out this Sunday by hundreds of Cubans in the towns of San Antonio de los Baños (Artemisa, west) and Palma Soriano (Santiago de Cuba, east) there have been acts of police violence, according to reports from eyewitnesses. This morning, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets of those towns to protest against the government shouting “Down with the dictatorship!”, “Freedom”, “we have no fear” and “homeland and life.”
The unprecedented demonstration was broadcast live by Facebook users and takes place in the midst of a serious economic and health crisis in the Caribbean country, where the population complains of a lack of food, medicine and other basic products. Residents of San Antonio, a town in the Artemisa province located about 37 kilometers west of Havana, told Efe reporters that during the street demonstration, the police violently repressed and detained some of the participants. Faced with the unusual public protest in San Antonio, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel appeared at the scene, who in a response ceremony held in a plaza in that town with a group of supporters launched a proclamation in which he blamed the shortage of supplies. of food and medicine to the United States embargo against the island. This is the largest anti-government protest on the island since the so-called “maleconazo”, when in August 1994, in the middle of the “special period”, hundreds of people took to the streets of Havana and did not leave until it arrived. the then Cuban leader Fidel Castro. EFE News
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