- The US Government invited the Cuban authorities to “respect the voice of the Cuban people.”
- The US demanded that it free the use of the internet and other media.
- They also called for “the release of any person detained during the peaceful demonstrations.”
The US demands that Cuba free the internet and “respect the voice of the people”, after the Cuban authorities took measures against the protesters who overflowed the streets of the island and posted videos of the protests on social networks.
This Tuesday, the Government of USA invited the Cuban authorities to “respect the voice of the people” and demanded that they free the use of the internet and other means of communication. They also called for the detainees to be released.
The US demands that Cuba free the internet and “respect the voice of the people”
Ned Price, spokesman for the State Department, gave a press conference in which he criticized the fact that there were internet and communications blackouts in Cuba as a result of the “peaceful demonstrations” that began last Sunday.
“We call on the leaders of Cuba to show restraint and we urge that they respect the voice of the people by opening all the means of communication,” added the official on the situation in Cuba, according to EFE.
America has nothing to do
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel repeatedly accused the United States of being behind the demonstrations and of being the main responsible for the economic hardships of the island, thanks to the embargo that they have been holding against it for some 60 years.
In response, Price rejected the accusations and indicated that the crisis in Cuba is due to “corruption, mismanagement and perhaps indifference of his own government” and that it has nothing to do with what “the United States has done.”
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The State Department spokesman took advantage of his speech to request “the release of any person detained during the peaceful demonstrations” that have occurred in the Caribbean nation for two days.
According to local media and social networks, more than 100 people have disappeared or have been arrested by the Cuban authorities. This Tuesday, the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) confirmed that the detainees “exceed 150” and demanded that the human rights violations cease. A deceased person is also registered, according to reported AFP, although there are no further details of the fact.
Why are Cubans protesting?
Last Sunday, hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate and shouting “freedom” and “down with the dictatorship” made up the most popular protest that has been registered on the island in the last 60 years. The turbulent situation occurs in the midst of a serious economic and social crisis.
The shortage of food, lack of basic products, long electricity cuts that are already routine, among other problems led its citizens to protest. With the arrival of the coronavirus, a health crisis has also been unleashed, the pandemic is out of control and they do not have the medicines to care for the sick. In addition, the cry of “freedom” of the Cubans suggests that they have tired of an oppressive communist regime.
Trump assures that Biden “must confront the regime” of Cuba
Faced with the wave of protests on the Caribbean island, Donald Trump assures that Biden “must confront the communist regime” of Cuba. In addition, the former president supported the protesters and showed his solidarity with “the Cuban people.” In a brief statement, he said: “I support the Cuban people 100% in their fight for freedom.”
He also took the opportunity to point to President Biden and the Democrats. According to the Republican, his opponents campaigned “to reverse my very tough stance on Cuba.” It should be remembered that during his mandate (2017-2021) the measures against the island were redoubled, reported the EFE agency.
The US demands Cuba: What is Biden’s position?
Like Trump, Biden also expressed his support for the Cuban people a few hours earlier. The former president’s comments came after Biden asked the Cuban government to avoid “violence” in its “attempt to silence” the protests against him.
“The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I do not think we have seen anything similar to these protests in a long, long time, or perhaps ever, frankly, “acknowledged the US president about the unprecedented protests that he described as” a call for freedom “in” brave “exercise of the” Fundamental rights”.
What will the United States do?
It is not yet clear what the United States will do or if it will do anything about the situation in Cuba. During the press conference at the White House, journalists asked Biden if he would change the restrictions on Cuba that former President Trump installed.
The president dodged the question with a vague response: “We will have more to say about Cuba and Haiti as this week progresses. Stay tuned, ”he commented and left open the possibility for further actions and statements soon.
United States “very concerned”
The United States Government said it was “very concerned” by the calls to “combat” made by the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, to stop protests against the regime on the island, while defending “freedom of expression and meeting ”of the Cubans, reported the Efe agency.
“We are very concerned about the ‘calls to combat’ in Cuba,” he wrote in Twitter the Acting Undersecretary of State of the US Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Julie Chung, who underlined her country’s support for the right of Cubans to demonstrate peacefully. In addition, he called for “calm” and condemned “any type of violence.”
President of Cuba urges “combat”
The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, urged his supporters this Sunday to take to the streets ready for “combat”, in response to the spontaneous peaceful protests that arose against his government in different parts of the country. “The order of combat is given, the revolutionaries take to the streets,” the president urged in a special television appearance.
Díaz-Canel’s message came after hundreds of Cubans took to the streets of Havana this Sunday shouting “freedom” in peaceful demonstrations, which were intercepted by the security forces and brigades of government supporters, leading to violent clashes. and arrests. The US demands that Cuba free the internet and “respect the voice of the people”.
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