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Statement from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Demonstrations in Cuba

July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) released the following statement on demonstrations in Cuba.

"We are seeing Cubans rise up and protest for their rights like never before.  We stand in solidarity with them, and we condemn the anti-democratic actions led by President Díaz-Canel. The suppression of the media, speech and protest are all gross violations of civil rights. We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo. Last month, once again, the U.N. voted overwhelmingly to call on the United States to lift its embargo on Cuba. The embargo is absurdly cruel and, like too many other U.S. policies targeting Latin Americans, the cruelty is the point. I outright reject the Biden administration’s defense of the embargo. It is never acceptable for us to use cruelty as a point of leverage against every day people.”