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‘It demonstrates the complicity of this government with the dictatorship’ — Cuban Canadian Fannia Brito The gap between the Biden administration and the Trudeau government this week on Cuba was wider than the straits that separate Havana from Key West. U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States “stands firmly with the people of Cuba as they assert their universal rights. And we call on the government of Cuba to refrain from violence in their attempt to silence the voices of the people of Cuba.” The protests — which saw thousands of Cubans march through cities across the island — are a “clarion call for freedom,” said Biden. When CBC News asked for one, Global Affairs Canada issued an unsigned statement on the protests in Cuba. The department has not posted it with other statements on its website. The statement declares support for “the right to freedom of expression and assembly” but doesn’t point fingers at the regime in Havana. Instead, it calls on “all parties to uphold this fundamental right.”

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