'Harsh reality of everyday life in Cuba' to blame for protests not US, White House says

'Harsh reality of everyday life in Cuba' to blame for protests not US, White House says


The White House is rebuking Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s claims that protesters demonstrating against his government are a “counterrevolutionary, mercenary” group financed by the United States.

Unrest that broke out in Cuba demanding an end to the country’s communist dictatorship amid an economic crisis exacerbated by the pandemic was prompted by “exhaustion of the governance of the leaders in the state, the economic mismanagement, and the repression taking place against the people in the country,” according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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“These are protests inspired by the harsh reality of everyday life in Cuba,” she told reporters Monday.

The U.S. embargo does not prevent humanitarian aid or medical supplies reaching Cuba, and the U.S. has sent “a great deal of assistance” over the last several months, according to Psaki. Though Cuba is not taking part in the COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine program,

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