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Protests In Cuba

Protests In Cuba:

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets across the country to protest longstanding restrictions on rights, scarcity of food and medicines, and the government’s poor response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • These protests are the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.

Ongoing Protests:

  • The anti-government protests erupted amid Cuba’s worst economic crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union, its former ally, or end of the cold war (1945-1991).
  • Cuba has been an authoritarian communist state for more than six decades.
  • Cuba has been hit hard by US sanctions and Covid-19.
  • Cubans have been angered by the collapse of the economy, food and medicine shortages, price hikes and the government’s handling of the pandemic.
  • Protesters shouted “freedom” and demanded for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to step down.
  • On the other hand, Cuba’s President blamed the US for the turmoil.
  • He called tight sanctions imposed by the US on Cuba, has resulted in a policy of economic suffocation and is the prime reason for protests in Cuba.
  • Further, the US President said the US stands with the people of Cuba in their call for freedom.