The US president announced that the US is studying whether it has the technology to "restore" Internet access to Cubans after the dictatorship cut the service after the massive protests on Sunday.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, assured this Thursday that the massive protests last Sunday in Cuba prove that "communism is a failed system" and announced that it is studying whether his government has "the technological capacity to restore" Mobile internet access on the island.
"Communism is a failed system, it has failed globally, and I do not see socialism as a viable alternative," the president told a news conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.
In addition, Biden announced that he was studying a way for Cuba to enjoy Internet service again. "They have lost access. We are considering whether we have the technical capacity to restore it," he said.
The president referred to the mobile internet blackout that has persisted in Cuba since last Sunday's anti-government protests. According to experts and activists, the aim is to stop the protests again.
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has pressured the White House to reach an agreement with US companies to bring the internet to the island via satellite or expand access to that service from the US embassy In the Habana.
Biden also ruled out the possibility of restoring in the short term the possibility of sending remittances from the United States to Cuba, restricted since last November by order of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
"There are several things that I would consider doing to help the people of Cuba, but that would require different circumstances or a guarantee that the regime would not take advantage of them," Biden said.
"For example, the ability to send remittances to Cuba. "I will not do it now because of the fact that it is very likely that the government confiscated these remittances or at least a good portion of them," he added.
Regarding the health crisis on the island due to covid-19, Biden assured that he would be "prepared to donate significant amounts of vaccines."
But, he clarified, it will only do so "if it is guaranteed that an international organization will administer these vaccines and will do so in a way that ordinary citizens have access to them. "
Hours after his spokesperson, Jen Psaki, condemned the "failed ideology of communism" about Cuba, Biden responded to the question of whether he shares that opinion and whether he thinks the same about socialism, which some adhere to. The members of the left-wing of his party in the USA.
"Communism is a failed system, universally failed. And I don't see socialism as a very useful substitute," Biden said.
On the other hand, most social networks and messaging platforms remain blocked this Thursday in the mobile internet service in Cuba. In addition, the Internet observatory Netblocks reported today, in an update on Twitter of its report on Cuba as a result of the demonstrations last Sunday, that restrictions on the use of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter have been added to restrictions on YouTube.
Following Sunday's large-scale protests, special sanctions from Cuba could limit the flow of information, with thousands protesting against government policies and inflation. Therefore, the restrictions remain this Thursday morning, "the report indicates.
Internet access is possible in public Wi-Fi parks and also, although with reports of instability, in Nauta and ADSL services in homes. However, few Cubans can afford a connection in their homes due to its high cost. Telecommunications in Cuba depend entirely on the state monopoly ETECSA. Two and a half years ago, began offering data service on cell phones.