President Biden on Thursday will authorize US sanctions against Cuban officials in the wake of a crackdown on antigovernment protests, according to a report.
Biden will sanction a “small number” of people who work in Cuba’s Interior Ministry and military, the Washington Post reports.
Critics have called on Biden to act amid the crackdown this month on protesters, who condemned communist leaders while protesting food shortages and a lack of COVID-19 vaccines.
Although US sanctions can be a major inconvenience by freezing the use of bank accounts, credit cards and other financial services, Cuba is largely detached from the international financial system — with salaries averaging $44 per month — and it’s unclear what effect the sanctions will have on the officials.
A man is arrested during a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana on July 11, 2021.YAMIL LAGE/AFP via Getty Images
It was not immediately clear why Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who