Joe Biden received Cuban dissidents at the White House and announced that the US is working to facilitate internet access on the island.
The president held a meeting with a small group in exile to analyze the situation after the historic protests against the dictatorship and possible actions by the United States government. However, he did not rule out the application of more sanctions.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, threatened on Friday with more sanctions against Cuba unless there are "drastic changes" and assured that his government is evaluating "all available options" to facilitate Internet access for the Cuban people. The statements came when he met at the White House with Cuban-American leaders after the protests on July 11 on the island under the communist aegis.
Biden also assured them that his government is evaluating "all available options" to provide the Cuban people with access to the internet and to help them "circumvent" censorship.
Unless there is a drastic change in Cuba, there will be more than I expect," Biden told reporters at the White House. Immediately after the announcement of punitive measures against
In a meeting with members of the Cuban dissidence, Biden also said that he had ordered the Treasury and State departments to inform him how to allow Americans to send remittances to Cubans in a month.
"I'm here to listen," the president told his guests and lamented that the Cuban people have "suffered decades under a failed communist regime."
The meeting was attended by the director of the Democratic Party in Florida, Manny Diaz, the Cuban Yotuel Romero, one of the authors of "¡Patria y Vida!", Which became the anthem of the protests, as well as activists of the Cuban cause in Miami, like the music producer Emilio Estefan, and the businessman Felice Gorordo, executive director of eMerge Americas.
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 weekend, thousands of Cuban Americans arrived in the United States capital in a caravan to draw the federal government's attention, demanding that action be taken against the Cuban dictatorship that has violently repressed protesters on the island.
Specific criticisms have arisen on social media because part of the community feels that the White House only listens to Democratic Cuban-Americans or the most liberal when much of the community is very conservative. In addition, in the last three weeks, many Cuban-Americans have demanded that at least a United States military intervention in Cuba be considered, an issue that some presume will not be touched on at today's meeting.
Last week, the president made his most authoritarian statement yet against the Cuban dictatorship, "unequivocally condemning the mass arrests and false trials." In addition, the United States government imposed sanctions on the leaders of the armed forces and special forces who came out to repress the protesters. Also, from the White House, it was announced that they would work with civil organizations and the private sector to find a way to provide Internet to Cubans after the blockade of the dictatorship.
Friday's was Biden's first meeting with Cuban-Americans after the protests, but it is not the first time his administration has met with exile members. The director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, Juan Gonzalez, held meetings with several members of the exile, including Rosa María Payá, who is in charge of Cuba Decide.
Also, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged other countries to speak out against the dictatorship that has been on the island for 62 years. So far, more than 20 countries have joined the United States in this conviction.
But for a good part of Cuban-Americans, the time for words and goodwill has passed, and it is time to see more concrete actions. That is why thousands of people continue on the streets of Washington and Florida to support their brothers in Cuba.