Cuba was one of the first countries in Latin America to suffer an economic blockade. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy decided to impose the embargo and suspend all economic and diplomatic relations between the United States and the island. The measure was a response to the Cuban Revolution, started in 1959, which implemented a socialist system in the country.
Almost 60 years later, the blockade has generated $147.8 billion in damages for Cuba, but has not been able to overthrow Cuban socialism. The United Nations (UN) has already voted 29 times on a resolution condemning the embargo and demanding its immediate lifting. However, during Donald Trump’s administration alone 243 unilateral sanctions were issued. Despite expectations, Joe Biden’s management has not reversed any of the measures and still supports opposition protests on the island.
In BdF Explains we detail the structure of the economic blockade and its impact on Cubans’ lives.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann