20 countries, US condemn mass arrests in Cuba over protests

20 countries, US condemn mass arrests in Cuba over protests

Foreign ministers of the United States and 20 other countries on Monday condemned the mass arrests in Cuba and called for the full restoration of internet access in the island nation recently rocked by political turmoil.

The joint declaration was issued by the governments of Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Guatemala, Greece, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland and the Republic of Korea. , and Ukraine, alongside the United States.

“Democracies around the world are coming together to support the Cuban people, calling on the Cuban government to respect Cubans’ demands for universal human rights,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, referring to the group which included some of the Cuba’s Latin American neighbors alongside former members and satellites of the Soviet Union.

Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on a Cuban security minister and a special forces unit of the Interior Ministry for alleged human rights violations in a crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this month against an economic crisis, the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent restrictions. on civil rights. Hundreds of activists have been arrested.

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