Foreign Minister of Cuba Bruno Rodriguez accused Washington for being racist towards the people of Latin America and the Caribbean as he sought to step up support for opposition forces.
Rodriguez accused Washington of hypocrisy. He said the US attempts to “divert attention from serious human rights violations committed daily in its own field.”
He referred to the treatment of Haitian migrants under the administration of US President Joe Biden, with photos last week showing border guards hitting a group as they tried to cross the Rio Grande in Texas.
According to Rodriguez, this abuse was “a repulsive expression of racist contempt for the people of Latin America and the Caribbean”.
Washington has pumped millions of dollars into opposition groups and media organizations in Cuba as part of its efforts to change regime.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has criticized the statement of Rodriguez and said Cuban authorities stating they were clamping down on freedom of expression.
“While the Cuban government continues to silence the Cubans with imprisonment and oppression, we call on the freedom of the world to support the Cuban people’s desire for human rights and democracy.”
In July, street protests were seen in the capital Havana due to the dire economic situation resulting from a six-decade US embargo that has cost the economy $ 754 billion (£ 544 billion) since 1959.
This was accompanied by a campaign on social media using the hashtag #SOSCuba, coming from bot accounts, which was subsequently bolstered by mainstream media organizations.
The British newspaper Guardian claims that a photo he published of the protesters at the statue of Maximo Gomez in Havana was an anti-government rally. But the newspaper had to apologize after it was stressed that the picture shows supporters of the Cuban revolution.
As tensions escalate, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez called for U.S. airstrikes and called for military intervention to enforce regime change on the socialist island.