Black Lives Matter blames 'cruel and inhumane' US embargo for Cuban unrest

Black Lives Matter blamed the "cruel and inhumane" U.S. embargo on Cuba for the country's crisis as its citizens protest President Miguel Diaz-Canel's authoritarian regime.

The organization accused the United States of causing instability through historic economic embargoes that led to "pain and suffering" for Cubans for nearly 60 years. The group also praised the Cuban government for granting black revolutionaries asylum in the past.

"Black Lives Matter condemns the US federal government's inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo," the group wrote Wednesday.

Diaz-Canel admitted Wednesday in a televised address that his government's failures played a role in the protests.

Trinidad, Cuba by Pedro Szekely is licensed under Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
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