President Miguel Díaz-Canel spoke of ‘economic asphyxia to provoke social upheaval’; Joe Biden rebutted the accusations, saying the Cuban population was crying out for ‘freedom and relief’
the president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, returned to blame this Monday, 12, the USA by the protests that broke out on the island over the weekend. In a statement, he stated that the economic problems facing the country are the result of the embargo imposed by the US government and spoke of “economic asphyxia to provoke social upheavals”. Díaz-Canel said there are “legitimate reasons” for Cubans to be dissatisfied, but that “if they want food, they should protest the blockade, not the government.” The president also stated that the objective of the protesters is “to change the regime and put in place another one that does not take care of the population, commanded by companies and by the money of the United States”.
On Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Havana and other cities on the island. The protests were against the scarcity of medicines e food, a lack of energy and as restrictions imposed by the government in response to the advance of Covid-19. Cuba is currently facing an escalation of the pandemic and, over the weekend, has reached new daily case records. In a statement released this Monday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, reacted to the Cuban government’s accusations. He claimed that the US is “on the side of the island’s population” and “their cry for freedom and relief” and that the Cuban people have been subjected “to decades of repression and economic suffering” by the country’s authoritarian regime. The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also spoke about the crisis and called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba.
*With information from reporter Vitor Brown