Washington warns buying Cuban rum, cigars funds 'dictatorship'

Washington warns buying Cuban rum, cigars funds 'dictatorship'

Friday, July 31, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US has warned against consuming Cuban rum and cigars, claiming that two of the island's most iconic products help finance the country's Communist dictatorship.

“The #Castro economy relies on the theft of private property and the repression of the people. Regime-made Cuban rum and cigars are luxuries that are not worth the human cost,” tweeted the main US diplomat for Latin America, Michael Kozak, on Monday.

The acting assistant secretary for western hemisphere affairs accompanied the tweet, posted in both English and Spanish, with a photo of a lit cigar captioned with the words, “Are they worth the price?”

Kozak doubled down on his message Tuesday, posting a photo to Twitter of a glass of rum that urged people to “consume responsibly”.

“The #Castro regime has aged badly,” he tweeted alongside the image, again in the two languages.

“Cuba's rum was legendary, before the regime stole it to finance their repression. Now every bottle sold keeps Cuba's dictatorship in power longer,” he said.

“Still enjoying that mojito?”

Neither Cuban rum nor cigars, the traditional engines of the country's economy, can legally be brought into the US, which has maintained an embargo on the island since 1962.

Relations between Washington and Havana have chilled considerably since President Donald Trump took office, despite a warming of ties initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT