L The Biden administration has sanctioned a key Cuban official and a government special forces unit known as Boinas Negras for human rights violations following historic protests on the island. President Joe Biden has said in a statement that Thursday's actions were just the beginning - the United States will continue to sanction those responsible for the oppression of the Cuban people. I unequivocally condemn the mass detentions and the mock trials which unjustly condemn to prison those who dared to speak out to intimidate and threaten the Cuban people in silence, he said. Today my administratinew sanctions are imposed targeting the elements of the Cuban regime responsible for this repression - the head of the Cuban army and the How 'Patria y Vida ' became the anthem of anti-Cuban government protests Lopez Miera and the unit were sanctioned under authorities of the Global Magnitsky Act - which allows sanctions against those implicated in significant human rights violations or corruption. Administration officials suggested on Wednesday that sanctions were imminent. Biden also reiterated that the administration was working with civil society organizations and the private sector to provide internet access to the Cuban people who bypass the regime's censorship efforts. We are reviewing our disbursement policy for determine how we can maximize support for the Cuban people he said, referring to an effort announced earlier this week for review a policy on shipments of funds as a result of the historic protests on the island. The President also stated that the administration is committed to staffing our Embassy in Havana to provide consular services to Cubans and improve our ability to build relationships with civil society, while ensuring the safety of US diplomats serving in Cuba. The number of employees at the US diplomatic post has been severely reduced following reports of La Syndrome. Havana. ”In late 2016, personnel in Cuba began to experience unexplained symptoms, such as dizziness and throbbing headaches, sometimes accompanied by an unidentified “ piercing directional noise ”. Protests erupted across the island nation earlier this month as the Csubains are complaining about the lack of food and medicine as the country goes through a serious economic crisis made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic and US sanctions. Activists say hundreds of protesters were arrested during the days of unrest. This story has been updated with additional details.