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US to Place Sanctions on Cuban Government

The possible sanctions are tied to the wave of political unrest in the island nation.

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Cuba Emigres in Little Havana react to reports of protests in Cuba against the deteriorating economy, in Miami, Florida, U.S., July 11, 2021. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona

The Biden Administration plans to sanction individuals tied to the Cuban government and a government special forces unit on Thursday, sources told CNN.

Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, said that the Treasury Department is “exploring” sanctions on “Cuban officials responsible for violence, oppression, human rights violations against those peaceful protesters.”

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It is unclear what the sanctions will look like, Price said. “But we are certainly looking at ways that we can hold accountable those Cuban regime officials who have been responsible for what we’ve seen.”

The National Special Brigade of the Ministry of the Interior, known locally as the Boinas Negras, is part of Cuba’s elite special forces used to go after protesters amid massive demonstrations criticizing the government.

This is a developing story