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United States President, Joe Biden on Thursday declared Cuba ‘a failed state’ while also revealing that sending US forces into Haiti is not on his agenda at the moment.
Africa Daily News, New York had earlier reported that protesters have been demonstrating in Cuba since last Sunday as anger has grown about shortages of basic goods, electricity and internet outages, curbs on civil liberties, and the government’s handling of a surge in COVID-19 infections. Reports say the hardships are heightened by a decades-old US trade embargo that is being reviewed by Biden’s administration.
‘Cuba is, unfortunately, a failed state and repressing their citizens,’ Biden said Thursday at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.
Amid calls from Republicans and Biden’s fellow Democrats to restore internet services to Cuba, Biden said his administration is looking into it.
‘They’ve cut off access to the internet. We’re considering whether we have the technological ability to reinstate that access,‘ Biden said.
Meanwhile, there have been calls for the US to send troops to Haiti after President Jovenel Moise was shot dead early on July 7 at his Port-au-Prince home by what Haitian authorities describe as a unit of assassins, including 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans.
The assassination has pitched the already troubled Caribbean nation into chaos, coming amid a surge in gang violence that has displaced thousands and hampered economic activity in the poorest country in the Americas.
Biden made it clear that the US is ‘only sending American marines to our embassy’ for security purposes.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK