Miami Mayor Francis Suarez called on U.S. President Joe Biden to strike Cuba to overthrow the country’s government.
“We need to discuss and consider this as a potential option in addition to a host of other options,” he said on Fox News television.
On July 11, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to participate in mass peaceful protests against the government. People participated in rallies in Havana, Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba, San Antonio de los Baños and other municipalities.
For his part, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel addressed the nation, urging communists to take to the streets to prevent possible provocations against the authorities. He also said that the Communists were ready to fight in the streets and die for the revolution.
Jake Sullivan, assistant to President Joe Biden on national security, warned Cuban authorities against using violence against demonstrators. Moscow considered outside interference in Cuba’s internal affairs unacceptable, as stated by Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Cuba is experiencing an increase in inflation and a humanitarian crisis. The number of COVID-19 cases has risen sharply on the island and the medical system is unable to cope. In addition, the pandemic has practically killed such an important source of income for the republic as tourism.
Earlier, on July 13, Agence France-Presse reported that one person died as a result of the unrest in Cuba.
On the same day, the head of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, declared the direct involvement of the US authorities in the organization of large-scale protests. According to him, “agents of a foreign power” who received funding and instructions from abroad took part in Sunday’s events.