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President Biden should authorize US sanctions against Cuba amid crackdown on Communist nation against protesters. Images
President Biden authorized US sanctions against Cuba following crackdown on manifestat "anti-government .
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said an announcement with details will be made Thursday afternoon.
“We of course condemn the mass detentions, mock trials and disappearances which are attempts to silence the Cuban people,” Psaki said.
Biden will sanction a “small number” of working people to the Ministry of the Interior and the Cuban Army, the "Washington Post reports .
Critics called on the president to act amid this month's crackdown on protesters, who condemned Communist leaders while in protest food shortages and the lack of COVID-19 vaccines.
Although US sanctions can be a major inconvenience by freezing the use of bank accounts, credit cards and other services fInancial, Cuba is largely detached from the system - with average salaries of 44 $ "per month - and it is unclear what effect the sanctions will have on civil servants.
A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on July 11, 2021. YAMIL LAGE / AFP via Images
It was not immediately clear why Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who "called the demonstrators" revolutionary countermercenaries "and supervised the repression, is not subject to sanctions.
" We we are ready for anything. We will fight in the streets ", the Cuban leader reportedly declared while urging pro-Communist Cubans to counter-protest.
Biden said last week that the United States was investigating the technical possibility of bypassing an Internet blackout imposed by the communist authorities on the island. Lack of internet access prevents the dissemination of information about the protests.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel ( second from left) vowed he would "fight in the streets" to stop the protesters. AFP via Images
Former President Donald Trump was able to strengthen "the support for Republicans among Latinos last year by claiming Democratic policies could turn the United States into a bigger version of Cuba or Venezuela.
Last week, Biden denounced communism - and said " socialism wasn 't much better , despite a growing number of Democrats identifying themselves as socialists - when 'a reporter asked him to respond to protests in Cuba.
But Republicans called on him to do more to support activists in Cuba.
A woman holds a portrait of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro during of a "revolutionary act of reaffirmation " in Havana on July 17, 2021. YAMIL LAGE / AFP via Images
"As it is, he's just sitting there doing nothing," Republican Florida Gov. "Ron DeSantis said this week. " He lets these people dry out, and what is going to end up happening, if they don't get any help, is that the regime will keep cracking down, and they will end up eliminating that and then they will stay even stronger in power. , and it will be a blow to the cause of freedom. "