US sanctions Cuba’s Raul Castro for ‘gross violations of human rights’

Doubling down on its marketing campaign for regime change in Caracas, the US has introduced sanctions on Cuban chief Raul Castro and his 4 kids, for alleged human rights violations in help of the Venezuelan authorities.

As First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, Castro is in cost of a system that arbitrarily holds over 100 political prisoners, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced on Thursday.

In his capability as First Secretary of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, Castro is “responsible for Cuba’s actions to prop up the former Maduro regime in Venezuela through violence, intimidation and repression,” Pompeo stated in a press release, accusing the Cuban chief of being “complicit in undermining Venezuela’s democracy and triggering the hemisphere’s largest humanitarian crisis.” 

Castro’s kids, Alejandro, Deborah, Mariela and Nilsa have additionally been sanctioned, Pompeo added. As none of them have any property within the US or anticipate to ever go to there, the act is basically symbolic. 

The US has brazenly sought regime change in Caracas since January, claiming the federal government of President Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate and recognizing the self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaido as an alternative. While a lot of South America and several other US allies across the globe have adopted swimsuit, most of the world has not – and Guaido himself has repeatedly did not seize energy, in a collection of publicity stunts that included an abortive army coup in April.

Washington has sought to clarify this failure by claiming that Cuba, Russia and even Iran are backing Maduro’s authorities. 

While the regime-change coverage seemed to be the brainchild of former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton, after he was dismissed earlier this month US President Donald Trump stated he was even more durable on the subject of Venezuela and that Bolton had been “holding [him] back.”