Cuba Criticizes Alleged US Involvement in Anniversary of Protests

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denounced on the anniversary of the 11J demonstrations on Monday the alleged direct involvement of the United States Government in the anti-government protest of July 11, 2021. 

“We reject the comments of the US Secretary of State that confirm the direct involvement of the government of that country, in attempts to subvert order and peace in Cuba, in violation of International Law,” Rodríguez said.  

Rodríguez’s statement came in response to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweet on 11J anniversary. 

“One year after the July 11 demonstrations in Cuba, we recognize the determination and courage of the Cuban people in their long struggle for democracy. The United States stands with the Cuban people, and we urge the Cuban regime to respect their voices,” Blinken said.

Meanwhile, Brian Nichols, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, denied Rodríguez’s accusations.  

“These accusations are absolutely false. What happened on July 11 happened because the Cuban people are enormously dissatisfied with the lack of basic rights, the systematic abuses of the government, and the lack of medicine, food, and freedoms, they are living under a regime that does not attend to basic needs of the people,” Nichols said

“The United States had nothing to do with it, and they know it perfectly,” Nichols added. 

Meanwhile, Rodríguez also said that “Cuba strongly rejects the declaration of the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell,” who reiterated their calls on the Cuban government in the last 12 months to respect the freedoms of the Cuban people and human rights. 

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