AOC faults US embargo for Cuba oppression in break with Biden

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday faulted the U.S. embargo for Cuban oppression and unrest as she criticized President Joe Biden for upholding the trade restriction.

She called out "gross violations of civil rights" by the regime, though she slammed the United States, particularly Biden, for upholding the decades-old trade ban, which was designed to destabilize the communist government, after the United Nations called on the U.S. to end the embargo for the 29th year.

"We are seeing Cubans rise and protest for their rights like never before," Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement. "We stand in solidarity with them, and we condemn anti-democratic actions led by President Diaz-Canel. The suppression of the media, speech, and protest are all gross violations of civil rights."


"We must all name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo," she added. "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."

Her comments were similar to those of Black Lives Matter, which drew ire from conservatives for failing to fault communism for the crisis.

The organization accused the U.S. of causing instability through historic economic embargoes that led to "pain and suffering" for Cubans over nearly 60 years. The group praised the Cuban government for granting black revolutionaries asylum in the past.

"Black Lives Matter condemns the US federal government's inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo," the group wrote Wednesday.

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban American, slammed BLM for its "support for the communist regime."

"The extortionist ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a break today from shaking down corporations for millions & buying themselves mansions to share their support for the Communist regime in #Cuba," Rubio wrote in a Thursday tweet.

Biden has pledged to stand with the Cuban people in their fight to obtain "fundamental and universal rights."

"We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime," Biden said in a statement Monday. "The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected. The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves."


At least one Cuban died, and more than 100 have been arrested after widespread demonstrations erupted in the country. Protesters were seen toppling cars and hurling rocks at police.

Demonstrators in Miami, an area that contains a large number of Cuban Americans, were seen blocking traffic Tuesday in solidarity with the demand for change. The group assembled at the Palmetto Expressway, with many waving Cuban flags and holding signs reading, "libertad," which translates to "liberty" in English. The scene was captured on video as several police cars were observed near the crowd while stopped cars piled up.

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