The US Treasury announced new sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act on Friday, targeting Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police, its director, Oscar Callejas Valcarce, and deputy director, Eddy Sierra Arias.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control noted the three new additions to the Specially Designated Nationals list on Friday, the latest in a series of retributions by Washington after protests in Cuba earlier this month it says were put down with the help of the police.
Today’s action serves to further hold accountable those responsible for suppressing the Cuban people’s calls for freedom and respect for human rights.
Last week, the US regime also imposed sanctions on Cuba’s Minister of Revolutionary Armed Forces and on the Interior Ministry’s special brigade, which US President Joe Biden said were just the beginning of actions targeting elements of the Cuban government responsible for the recent crackdown.
Also on Friday, Biden met with Yotuel Romero, a Spain-based dissident Cuban rapper behind the song “Patria y Vida,” which US media has described as a “rallying cry” for the protests, especially those by right-wing Cuban-Americans in Miami, Florida.
According to The Grayzone, behind the popularity of Romero and other musicians and artists associated with the dissident San Isidro Movement are two traditional CIA fronts: the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
In turn, the Cuban government has accused the US of fomenting the protests, and Sputnik has reported on the efforts of US-based tech giants like Twitter to amplify the message of the most anti-government protesters.
The US government has also accused the Cuban government of shutting down the internet in order to limit citizens’ access to information about the protests or blocking the US propaganda?
On Friday, a senior Biden administration official told reporters that the USA was “in talks with private sector providers about the possibility of providing wireless LTE communications to the Cuban people.
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