The United States will soon announce the first steps in the review of Cuba policy by Joe Biden’s administration. This was announced by Reuters on Monday, July 19, citing State Department officials.
The Republican policy review was announced in response to Havana’s crackdown on the largest street protests in decades.
Officials made clear in interviews with Reuters that the U.S. presidential administration is looking for ways to ease the humanitarian plight of the Cuban people while continuing to put pressure on the Communist-led government.
Earlier, on July 14, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the latest protests in Cuba would affect future U.S. policy toward the country. She said that the United States intends to monitor developments in Cuba and to develop an appropriate policy.
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 stated that the Communists were ready to fight in the streets and die for the revolution.
After that, on July 13, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, head of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, declared the direct involvement of the U.S. government in the organization of the large-scale protests in the country. According to him, “agents of a foreign power” who received funding and instructions from abroad took part in the rallies.
On July 17, more than 100,000 supporters of the Cuban authorities marched in central Havana to support the political course of the current leadership of the republic.