US imposes sanctions on two Cuban officials

The US Treasury Department on Friday announced that it is imposing sanctions on two Cuban Ministry of Interior officials and a military unit following the government's suppression on protesters last month amid one of the biggest protests in decades. 

Cuba: The US Treasury Department on Friday announced that it is imposing sanctions on two Cuban Ministry of Interior officials and a military unit following the government’s suppression on protesters last month amid one of the biggest protests in decades. 

Romarico Vidal Sotomayor Garcia and Pedro Orlando Martinez Fernandez and the Tropas de Prevencion (TDP) of the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces are being sanctioned by the US government. 

On imposing sanctions, Andrea Gacki, the director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, stated, “Current action shines a spotlight on additional perpetrators responsible for suppressing the Cuban people’s calls for freedom and respect for human rights.”

He further added that the US government is in support of the Cuban people for their courageous step for freedom while adding, “We identify those who oppress them and attempt to maintain a repressive system.”

Following the statement, he added, “We would continue to take actions to promote liability for the Cuban government’s human rights abuses.”

While the Foreign Minister of Cuba – Bruno Rodriguez, denied the sanctions via Twitter and asserted, “US opportunistic measures against Cuba’s Ministry of Interior officers and Armed Forces Prevention Troops. Such actions reflect double standards of a government used to manipulate and lies to maintain the blockade against Cuba.

The previous month, the US government imposed sanctions on the officials of the Cuban Police Force. 

Earlier this week, the Treasury and Commerce department of the United States has stated that it remains committed to assisting the citizens of Cuba island in getting internet access and opening to issue additional authorizations if the need arises.

Despite the US, other nations such as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and various others condemned the mass arrest done by the Cuban government during the protest.

In addition, various countries have also backed the Caribbean island country. They have requested the US government to lift the sanctions which are being imposed on Cuba for several years, stating that it has harmed the economy of the island country.