President Biden on Monday expressed the US’ support for the people of Cuba and Haiti, as anti-government protests erupted in the Communist country over the weekend and Haiti is mired in chaos amid a leadership dispute after last week’s assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
“The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I don’t think we’ve seen anything like these protests in a long, long time if, quite frankly, ever,” Biden told reporters at the White House before a meeting with officials on America’s surging crime and gun violence.
“The US stands firmly with the people of Cuba as they assert their universal rights. And we call on the government of Cuba to refrain from violence in their attempt to silence the voices of the people of Cuba,” he said.
People waiting for days to apply for US visas learn the embassy will continue to be closed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, July 12, 2021.AP Photo/Matias