The historic protest in Havana on July 11 against the Cuban government / Archive

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A score of countries, including several Latin American countries, including Argentina, joined the US government yesterday to urge Cuba to respect civil rights and release those detained for the unprecedented protests held on July 11. on the island.

Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador were some of the 21 nations that joined the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in calling on the communist government to “respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the Cuban people” and “release those detained by exercise their right to peaceful protests ”.

“We urge the Cuban government to heed the voices and demands of the Cuban people,” says the joint statement, which also calls for an end to Internet restrictions.

“The international community will not waver in its support for the Cuban people and all those who defend the basic freedoms that everyone deserves.”

Other Latin American nations that signed the declaration were Guatemala and Honduras, both aligned with US foreign policy.

When the wave of claims in Cuba was at its peak two weeks ago, Argentine President Alberto Fernández also preferred not to comment on the issue. “I don’t know what is happening in Cuba, but let’s end the blockades,” he said then.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez commented in a tweet that Blinken’s call is based on the support “of a handful of countries that were pressured to abide by his dictates.”

He pointed out that Cuba has the backing of 184 nations that are asking the US to eliminate the embargo against the island and called on Washington to present evidence that proves its “slanderous accusations.”

South Korea, a traditional ally of the United States, was the only Asian nation to join, while from Europe they supported Austria, Poland and Greece.

The statement, however, is not signed by close US allies, such as Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain, despite the enthusiasm they showed for working alongside Democratic President Joe Biden in the wake of his predecessor’s turmoil. Republican Donald Trump.

Biden intends to make a common front with his allies to pressure Cuba, but Washington has traditionally been isolated on this issue.

In fact, the UN General Assembly condemned, in late June, by overwhelming majority and for the 29th time the embargo imposed against the island by the United States against in 1962.

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), proposed to the United States to allow the sending of remittances to Cuba again, as a first step to lift the embargo.

The Biden government last week imposed sanctions on the Cuban defense minister. From the White House they say they are looking for ways to restore Internet access and allow Cuban-Americans to send money without the government keeping a part.

Cuba registered unprecedented demonstrations in more than 40 locations on July 11, amid the island’s worst economic crisis in decades and a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections. The protests left one dead, dozens injured and more than a hundred detained. (AFP)

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