Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday expressed solidarity with anti-government, pro-democracy protestors in Cuba while also ripping into the decades-old US embargo on Cuba and the Biden administration's ongoing support for it.
"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," Ocasio-Cortez said.
The New York Democrat also condemned the "anti-democratic actions" of the government of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, saying, "The suppression of media, speech and protest are all gross violations of civil rights."
But she underscored that the US embargo on Cuba, which has been the centerpiece of Washington's policy toward the island nation for six decades, is also contributing to the suffering of Cubans.
Ocasio-Cortez's rebuke of the embargo came after Cuba this week saw the largest anti-government demonstrations in decades, ignited by a desire for more freedoms and an escalating economic crisis.