The administration of US President Joe Biden is actually using hunger as a weapon against Cuba, maintaining sanctions against Havana, which contributed to the aggravation of the economic crisis in the country, activists from the United States told.

“The United States uses hunger as a weapon and warns the Cuban government against using violence,” said Cheryl LaBash, co-chair of the National Network on Cuba organization.

According to LaBash, since Biden came to power, the policy towards Cuba has not changed. For example, in 90% of cases, Cubans are denied a visa.

“This is a humanitarian crisis. There are not enough coffins and vaccines for 11 million people. Pfizer offered the Cuban government vaccines, but it refused,” said a Cuban immigrant who wished to remain anonymous.

According to director Catherine Murphy, the current situation in the country is the result of the US policy that Washington has been pursuing for 60 years. The situation was worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, the director claims.

“If the United States is really concerned about the needs of people in Cuba against the backdrop of a global pandemic, why don’t they open one channel for income (to the country)?”  Murphy, who is in favor of Washington allowing family money transfers, asks.

According to James Counts Early, a member of the organization “Network for the Defense of Humanity” from the United States, the Biden administration, by preserving the bans of former President Donald Trump, pushed people to revolt. According to Earley, Biden should not interfere in the affairs of Cuba. “Cuba will defend its sovereignty, its territory, its integrity,” the activist added.

The first mass protests in many years took place on July 11 in 10 municipalities of Cuba. Among the protesters ‘ demands are “holding free elections” and solving social problems. Government supporters held their own marches after the president’s call to take to the streets. The Cuban authorities said that the United States is behind the protests in Cuba; Washington denied these words, calling them a “serious mistake.”