United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s alternate permanent representative to the UN, Ana Silvia Rodriguez, said today that the new U.S. measures against Cuba show the desperation of Donald Trump in his race for the presidency.
According to the ambassador’s official Twitter account, these measures, which are intended to harm Cuba, also violate the rights of US citizens.
Last Wednesday, just six weeks before the November 3 elections in which he seeks reelection, Trump announced new measures that further reverse the bilateral rapprochement initiated during the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017).
During an event held at the White House with directors of the remains of the mercenary brigade 2506, which was defeated in Cuba during the failed invasion of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) in April 1961, the U.S. president announced that his executive will prevent U.S. travelers from staying on the island’s government property.
According to a statement issued by the Department of the Treasury, this means that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will prohibit any person subject to U.S. jurisdiction from staying, paying for lodging or booking in a property identified as belonging to the Cuban government.
This measure will also cover property belonging to persons classified as ‘ banned ‘ by the State Department, including executive officials of the Caribbean country, members of the Cuban Communist Party, or their close relatives.
The new sanctions against Cuba will also prevent the import of alcohol (rum) and tobacco products of Cuban origin into the United States.
In addition, OFAC will eliminate general travel authorizations related to attending or organizing professional meetings or conferences, public presentations, clinics, workshops, and other athletic or non-athletic competitions on the island.
As a result of this amendment, the only remaining general license for the participation and organization of sports competitions in Cuba will be for amateur or semi-professional athletes or teams, the Treasury Department said.
These provisions ignore the calls of numerous voices condemning the blockade inside and outside the United States, including the immense majority of the international community.