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Thousands Take to Streets of Cuba to Protest Economic Crisis, Pandemic

HeadlineJul 12, 2021

In Cuba, thousands of people took to the streets of Havana and other cities in rare anti-government protests, denouncing the island’s economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuba is facing its harshest phase of the pandemic with skyrocketing infections. The island set a new record Sunday with over 6,900 positive cases. People are scrambling to cope amid shortages of medicine, food and other resources due to catastrophic U.S. sanctions. Thousands of others led counterprotests Sunday in support of the Cuban Revolution and President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who accused the U.S. of instigating anti-government protests on the island and urged the Biden administration to lift the blockade.

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