U.S. adds five more Cuban military-owned hotels to list of sanctioned entities

The sanctions noose continues to tighten around the neck of Cuba’s corrupt socialist dictatorship.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

U.S. sanctions five more of the Cuban military’s economic entities

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an update to the list of restrictions on Cuba this Friday afternoon, which added five commercial entities owned by the Cuban military.

The newly sanctioned businesses and hotels are: Grand Aston Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort and Spa, Gran Muthu Imperial Hotel, Grand Muthu Rainbow, Grand Aston Varadero Resort, and Gran Hotel Bristol Kempinski.

The sanctions will take effect on Tuesday, November 19th, according to the Department of Treasury website.

In the department’s announcement, Secretary Pompeo explained that the list corresponds to businesses and companies that generally have prohibitions on direct financial transactions.

“On November 16th, Cuba commemorates Havana’s 500th anniversary. Havana was once one of the most dynamic and prosperous cities in the Americas,” says the notice. The diplomat goes on to say that “[f]ar from being a celebration, this anniversary is instead a sad reminder of how the revolution continues to fail its people by commandeering Cuba’s economy, rather than reforming it to fulfill Cuba’s economic potential, and by forcefully silencing the voices of Cubans that continue the fight for freedom.”

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