Cuban human rights activist Guillermo Farinas is urging President-elect Donald Trump to halt or suspend trade and investment deals between the United States and Cuba until the Castro dictatorship ends political repression and institutes democratic reforms.
For now, Farinas told FoxNews.com, the loosening of the U.S. embargo is only enriching the Castro regime and financing continuing repression.
“The people of Cuba see very little of the money that comes in from foreign investment and trade,” Farinas said.
“It makes the regime richer, and stronger, and bolder, because they have felt that because of President Obama’s decision to do business with it, it has credibility internationally," he said. "It uses this international credibility to thumb its nose at the Cuban people, especially its critics and dissidents. And it’s gotten more brutal and more intolerant of dissent.”
Farinas did say he supports expanded travel links between the two countries and that he was not calling for reversing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama told an audience in Peru he did not expect Trump to reverse his Latin American policies, including the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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