Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

US GETS TOUGH ON CUBA

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The US has imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defence minister and a special forces unit for repressing peaceful protests, a step President Joe Biden warned was “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana.

The US Treasury Department said its Office of Foreign Assets Control froze the assets of Alvaro Lopez Miera and the Special National Brigade, a division of Cuba’s interior ministry, in relation to human rights abuses committed during a crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month. “The United States will continue to sanction individual­s responsibl­e for oppression of the Cuban people,” Mr Biden said.

He said he targeted Mr Lopez Miera and the SNB because they were “driving the crackdown” against protesters who took to the streets to demand an end to the oppressive communist regime.

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