Biden Says Haitians Deserve ‘Peace and Security,’ Urges Leaders to Unite

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President Joe Biden on Monday called protests in Cuba “remarkable,” praising thousands of Cubans who took the streets on the island to protest food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis, in one of biggest anti-government demonstrations in recent memory.

“The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this protest in a long long time, if quite frankly, ever,” Biden said. “The United States stands firmly with the people in Cuba, as they assert their universal rights and we call the government, the government of Cuba to refrain from violence or attempts to silence the voice of the people of Cuba.”

The comments by Biden marked a notable change in tone from his old boss, Barack Obama, who as president sought to ease decades of tensions between Washington and Havana while loosening U.S. imposed sanction. It was an effort that was reversed by Republican President Donald Trump.

“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 earlier statement on Monday. “The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights.”

Biden said his administration is also closely following the developments in Haiti following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse .

Biden said he dispatched “a high-level expert delegation to assess the situation and to determine where the United States can offer” support.

“The people of Haiti deserve peace and security and Haiti’s political leaders need to come together for the good of the country,” Biden said, pledging the “United States stands ready to continue to provide assistance.”

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