The United States has imposed sanctions on Cuba’s Minister of Revolutionary Armed Forces and on the Interior Ministry’s special brigade, the US Treasury announced on Thursday.
Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera and the Interior Ministry’s special brigade have been designated under the Global Magnitsky Act, according to the Treasury Department website.
These sanctions the United States imposed on Cuba are “just the beginning” in a set of measures that the Biden administration seeks to target individuals and entities responsible for oppressing the Cuban people, US President Joe Biden said later in a statement.
“Today, my administration is imposing new sanctions targeting elements of the Cuban regime responsible for this crackdown – the head of the Cuban military and the division of the Cuban Ministry of the Interior driving the crackdown – to hold them accountable for their actions,” Biden said. “This is just the beginning – the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people.”
The Biden administration has criticized the Cuban government for its crackdown of recent protests and threatened to sanction a number of officials as well as not allow Americans to send money to relatives in Cuba.