With the said sanction, the Biden administration took the first step against the Cuban government.
In a statement made by the US Treasury Department, it was noted that Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera and the special forces unit of the Ministry of Interior were added to the sanction list on the grounds that they suppressed the pro-democracy and peaceful protests that started on July 11 in Cuba.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in her assessment on the subject, stated that the Cuban people protested the government for their fundamental and universal rights.
“The Treasury will continue to enforce its sanctions on Cuba, including those implemented today, to support the Cuban people in their quest for democracy and liberation from the Cuban regime,” Yellen said. used the phrase.
ANTI-GOVERNMENT SHOWS IN CUBA
Thousands of people in Cuba protested the deteriorating economic conditions in the country and demanded freedom from the government.
The demonstrators chanted slogans such as “Down with the dictatorship” and “We want freedom”, and images of looting events were shared on social media in some regions.
The demonstrators, who blamed the government for the rising prices due to the deteriorating economy, food and medicine shortages, accused the authorities of failing to manage the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) crisis.
Cuban President Diaz-Canel called out to the people on Cuban television and national radio, “We will not surrender the sovereignty of our homeland, we call on all revolutionaries to take to the streets to defend the revolution everywhere.” had used the phrase.
Diaz-Canel, at a press conference on 12 July, stated that the main reason for the unhappiness of the Cuban people ABD He described the demonstrations that took place in the country as “vandalism”.