President Joe Biden intends to impose “hard-hitting sanctions” on the Cuban officials responsible for the repression of widespread protests against the regime, according to a senior State Department official.
“We are going to focus on applying hard-hitting sanctions on regime officials responsible for the brutal crackdown,” State Department acting Assistant Secretary Julie Chung tweeted Wednesday. “Cuban officials responsible for violence, repression, & human rights violations against peaceful protestors in Cuba must be held accountable.”
Chung, who is leading the Western Hemisphere Affairs bureau in the absence of a political appointee, aired that threat while outlining a multifaceted plan to respond to the political uproar on the island. Cuban officials have accused the United States of orchestrating the protests, which featured thousands of Cubans denouncing the regime’s brutality and its mishandling of economic and public health crises.
“The Cuban government continues to repress and punish virtually all forms of dissent and public criticism,” the Human Rights Watch’s Jose Miguel Vivanco told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Tuesday. “At the same time, Cubans continue to endure a dire economic crisis, which impacts their social and economic rights.” (Read more from “Biden Administration To Impose ‘Hard-Hitting Sanctions’ on Cuban Officials” HERE)
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