US sanctions Cuban Armed Forces Minister and elite unit

United States sanctioned this Thursday at Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba, Álvaro López-Miera, already a Unit military of elite popularly known as “black wasps” O “black berets. “

The Treasury Department announced in a release the sanctions, what hold responsible to those authorities from repression of the anti-government protests From the past July 11 on Cuba.

Lopez-Miera are a hshadow from confidence of the former Cuban president Raul castro, who also held the position of minister of the FAR on the island for decades; while the “black wasps” is the popular name of the elite unit known as special brigade national of Ministry of Interior.

The sanctions block any active what Lopez-Miera o go members of that elite unit may to have under jurisdiction American, Y prohibits to people in the United States negotiate with them.

“This is just the beginning: The United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for the oppression of the Cuban people,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement.

The Treasury Department claimed that the ministry who drives Lopez-Miera ha performor “a essential role “ on the repression of the protests in Cuba, al “attack to the protesters Y arrest O disappear more than 100 protesters in an attempt to suppress these protests. “

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Refering to special brigade from “black wasps“, the Treasure assures that the Cuban government unfolded last July 11 in order to “suppress” the protests Y “attack to the protesters“, so the consider responsible of “grave abuse from human rights”.

The sanctions I know impose on base from called Magnitsky global law, a US law what It allows a EE.UU. freeze financial assets Y ban the Trips to those who violate the human rights and cany country of world.

The measure show the biden interest for toughen its policy towards Cuba in light of the protests this month, despite the fact that during the electoral campaign he promised to return to the thaw promoted by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

The White House is also evaluating other steps, such as reauthorizing the sending of remittances to Cuba, prohibited since last November, although first it wants to guarantee that the money “reaches the hands of the Cuban people directly,” a US official explained to Efe.

Another measure that the Biden government analyzes is he transfer the rest personal to American embassy on Havana with the objective of “to ease the diplomatic participation, consular and of the civil society“and also for” security “reasons.

The president has also ordered his government to work with the private sector and Congress to make the internet “more accessible” in Cuba, following the blackout of access on mobile phones after the protests. EFE

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