‘We don’t want remittances, we want freedom’: Cubans in U.S. respond to Biden announcement

Biden on Monday ordered the State Department to review plans to increase staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana and form a task force to investigate sending remittances to Cuban families.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Some Cubans in the United States and on the island rejected President Joe Biden’s announcement to analyze sending remittances, arguing that strong measures are needed to bring about political change to stop the “massacre” of the Castro regime.

A Cuban-American congressman from Florida said Biden should lead an initiative with the international community to achieve freedom for Cubans and avoid giving oxygen to the regime in Havana, which he claims is the one that would benefit from the remittances.

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“It is inconceivable that at a time when the Cuban people are being massacred, Biden would convene a working group on remittances to mitigate sanctions. The majority of the Cuban people, especially Afro-Cubans, do not have access to remittances,” said Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

The American president is coming under pressure. US Cubans are an increasingly powerful group in the USA.
The American president is coming under pressure. US Cubans are an increasingly powerful group in the USA. (Photo internet reproduction)

Biden said Monday that he had ordered the State Department to review plans to increase staff at the U.S. Embassy in Havana and form a task force to investigate sending remittances to Cuban families.

The announcement came a week after unprecedented protests erupted in Cuba, leaving at least one confirmed dead and hundreds detained as the regime launched a fierce crackdown.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

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