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Biden Administration Sanctions Head Of Cuba's Military For Crackdown On Protesters

Ismael Francisco
Government supporters shout slogans as anti-government protesters march in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of demonstrators went out to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest against ongoing food shortages and high prices of foodstuffs.

The Biden administration announced sanctions Wednesday on the general in charge of the Cuban military and a special-forces unit in response to a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters last week.

General Alvaro Lopez Miera, the head of Cuba’s Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR), was added to a black list of “specially designated nationals” whose assets are frozen and cannot enter the United States.

The administration used the Global Magnitsky Act, which targets perpetrators of serious human-rights abuse and corruption worldwide, to also sanction the Ministry of Interior’s Special Forces Unit known as Boinas Negras, Spanish for Black Berets.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.