The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel, came out to respond to his American counterpart, Joe Biden, who criticized the island’s government and supported the July 11 and 12 protests organized through social media campaigns. “The United States has failed to destroy Cuba despite the fact that to achieve it, he has wasted billions of dollars, “said the Cuban president.
After protests broke out in 40 cities and towns on Sunday and Monday shouting “we are hungry”, “down with the dictatorship” and “freedom”, Biden offered to help Cuba on ThursdayBut he referred to the island as “a failed state that represses its citizens.”
The response from Havana was immediate. “A failed state is one that, to please a reactionary and blackmailing minority, is capable of multiplying the damage to 11 million human beings ignoring the will of the majority of Cubans, Americans and the international community, “said the president of Cuba through Twitter.
Díaz Canel maintained that if the US president wants to help the island, his government should lift the embargo economic tax imposed since 1962, and reinforced during the term of Donald Trump (2017-2021).
At a press conference, Biden said he was open to shipping “significant quantities” of coronavirus vaccines. to the Caribbean island, which is experiencing a sharp increase in coronavirus infections and has developed its own vaccines, in the midst of an economic crisis.
If Biden “had sincere humanitarian concern for the Cuban people, he could eliminate the 243 measures applied by President Donald Trump,” Diaz-Canel insisted., who highlighted the “more than 50 cruelly imposed during the pandemic, as a first step towards ending the blockade.”
“Cuba is and will continue to be a country of peace. To defend the tranquility of our streets we will continue to make every effort. In the midst of these difficult days, I call for the unity of our people and of all families, wherever they may be ”, he concluded.