U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that new U.S. sanctions on Cuba target those responsible for a crackdown on protesters and that they are only the first step in the American response.
"This is just the beginning," Biden said in a statement. "The United States condemns mass detentions and sham trials in Cuba and will continue to sanction individuals responsible for the oppression of the Cuban people."
U.S. SANCTIONS CUBAN DEFENSE CHIEF AND BRIGADE FOR PROTEST CRACKDOWN
The Biden administration
announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official
and a government entity that it says was involved in human rights abuses
during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month.
The US sanctioned Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera
and Havana's Special Forces Brigade
on Thursday for efforts to quell pro-democracy protests
on the island nation.