President Biden calls for freedom in Cuba.
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President Joe biden supports the peaceful protests in Cuba asking for “freedom and relief” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to pointing out that the Cuban people have had “decades of repression and economic suffering.”
“We support the Cuban people and their cry for freedom and relief,” the president said in a statement. “(For) the decades of repression and economic suffering to which he has been subjected by the authoritarian regime of Cuba.”
He pointed out that the mobilizations in Cuba defend fundamental civil rights, including protest, for which he urged respect in search of free elections.
“The Cuban people are asserting fundamental and universal rights … including the right to peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected,” he said.
President Biden asked the Miguel Díaz-Canel regime to listen to his people, in addition to stopping “the enrichment” of government officials.
“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to listen to its people and attend to their needs in this vital moment instead of enriching itself,” he said.
This Sunday, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to demand “freedom!” According to their clamor in unison, but the Díaz-Canel government reacted with repression and hundreds of people were arrested.
The protesters shouted “down with the dictatorship” and “homeland and life” through the streets of the town of San Antonio de los Baños, Havana and other cities.