Havana, Cuba.- "Cuba will not be frightened nor distracted with new threats and restrictions. Work, creativity, efforts and resistance is our response. The US has been unable to suffocate us. They will not stop us, we will overcome all obstacles," said the Cuban leader in a tweet.
#Cuba will not be frightened or distracted with new threats and restrictions. Work, creativity, efforts and resistance is our response. They haven't been able to suffocate us. They won't be able to stop us. #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad pic.twitter.com/TC85FLICaQ— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) 4 de junio de 2019
The #US Government keeps at its perverse efforts to crush #Cuba. New measures intensify the blockade and violate International Law. We strongly condemn this policy. They won't be able to stop us: we'll survive and we shall overcome.https://t.co/2VkeddMKfJ— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) 5 de junio de 2019
On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department announced a reversal of travel permits authorized by the Obama Administration, including the termination of "People to People" educational and cultural trips to the island. It also bans cruise lines, yachts, sailboats and private flights from going to the island.
The restrictions are effective on June 5th, after their publication on the Federal Register.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla also rejected the announcement on Twitter.
I strongly reject new sanctions announced by #US vs. #Cuba which further restrict #US citizens' travels to Cuba, aimed at suffocating the economy & harming the living standards of Cubans in order to forcefully obtain political concessions. Once again they will fail.— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) 4 de junio de 2019
According to the Cuban Foreign Minister's report to national media last January, in 2018, more than 639,000 US citizens traveled to Cuba, which represented a growth with respect to 2017, although it showed a lower growth rate in relation to the last five years. (RHC)