President Joe Biden on Monday declared the U.S.’s support for the thousands taking to the streets in Cuba to protest against the Communist government.
“We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” Biden said in a statement. “The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right to peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected.
“The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves,” Biden said.
Tens of thousands of residents in Cuba are protesting the lack of food, medicine and supplies in the country — shortages largely attributed to the coronavirus pandemic and sanctions placed on the nation by the United States.
The protesters chanted “freedom” while calling on Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel to step down, Reuters reported.
Díaz-Canel, meanwhile, blamed American trade sanctions for creating “economic misery” in his country.
“The order to combat has been given. Revolutionaries need to be on the streets,” he said.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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