The pressure against Maduro’s regime increases. Washington imposed sanctions on Raúl Castro and his family on Thursday for supporting Chavismo and banned him from entering the United States.
«As First Secretary of the Armed Forces of Cuba, Castro is responsible for the actions of Cuba to support the regime of (Nicolás) Maduro in Venezuela through violence, intimidation and repression,» Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
The US official justified the action by claiming that the veteran Antillean leader underpins the «old Maduro regime» by ignoring the violation of human rights and supporting the use of violence as a political weapon.
Pompeo added that Cuban security forces are involved in abuses committed in Venezuela, including torture.
«Raúl Castro oversees a system that arbitrarily detains thousands of Cubans and currently holds more than 100 political prisoners.»
The measure came one day after the meeting between countries of the Lima Group, delegates from Guaidó and the United States government, where all the democratic nations of the region were urged to jointly pressure Maduro.
Last Monday, the foreign ministers of the member countries of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Support (Tiar) agreed to apply the mechanism to bring about a change in Venezuela.
Castro had assumed the presidency of the Council of State of Cuba in 2006, when his brother Fidel decided to retire from public life. On April 18, 2018, Miguel Díaz-Canel, the president without the last name Castro since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, gave the place, Infobae said.