Following the imposition of new sanctions on Cuba, the United States warned: We will hold the government accountable for human rights abuses.
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, assured that the warnings against Castroism were decided after the "attacks on protesters, including young people, religious leaders, and civil society organizations."
After the United States Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on Cuba, the Government of Joe Biden warned the Castro regime about the violence carried out by the Castro police against the Cuban people.
This was stated by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a message posted on his Twitter account. "Today, we are imposing new sanctions on the Cuban police when they attacked protesters, including youth, religious leaders, and civil society organizations," the official said. We will continue to promote accountability for human rights abuses by the Cuban government.
The United States has imposed sanctions on the Cuban National Revolutionary Police (PNR) and two other leaders.
In a statement, the Treasury Department announced sanctions to the PNR, its director Óscar Callejas Valcarce, and its deputy director, Eddy Sierra Arias, for their alleged role in the repression of the anti-government protests of July 11.
This Friday is the second round of sanctions that the Biden government has imposed about the unprecedented anti-government protests of July 11 in Cuba.
Last Thursday, the Treasury approved the Minister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), Alvaro Lopez-Meira, and an elite military unit known as the Black wasp or Black Beret.
Biden said then that those sanctions were "only the beginning" of his response to those who allegedly repressed the protests this month. The US above official said this Friday that the new restrictions seek to keep active "the conversation about the rights of the Cuban people.".
The sanctions block any assets Callejas, Sierra, or members of the PNR may have under US jurisdiction and prohibit those in the United States from negotiating with them, based on US Magnitsky law.
According to the Treasury, during the July 11 protests, members of the PNR "were photographed confronting protesters in Havana and arresting them," while in Camagüey, they "beat a group of peaceful protesters, including several minors" and also beat to a Catholic priest.
Biden evaluates options to facilitate Internet access for Cubans
The president of the United States assured this Friday that his government is considering "all available options" to provide the Cuban people with access to the Internet and help them "bypass" censorship.
Opening a meeting at the White House with a group of Americans with Cuban roots, Biden assured that there would be more sanctions against Cuban officials "unless there is some drastic change in Cuba."
Biden indicated that, in addition to sanctions, they want to increase "direct" support to the Cuban people, seeking "all available options to facilitate internet access."
He also indicated that he had ordered the Treasury Department to present recommendations in a month on "how to maximize the flow of remittances to the Cuban people, without the military taking apart."
"I'm here to listen," the president told his guests and lamented that the Cuban people have "suffered decades under a failed communist regime."
This Friday's meeting with Biden was attended by the Cuban singer Yotuel Romero, whose song "Patria y Vida" became the "soundtrack" of the widespread protests in Cuba and Democratic Senator Bob Menéndez congressman from the same party Gregory Meeks.
Former Miami Mayor (2001-2009) Manny Diaz was also present. Felice Gorordo, Cuban-American businessman and CEO of E-Merge America; And Ana Sofía Peláez, co-founder of the Miami Freedom Project.