Anti-Government Protesters March in Central Cuba

Protesters marched in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, on Sunday, July 11, to voice frustrations over the country’s handling of COVID-19, a rise in cases, and economic hardships exacerbated by the pandemic.

Demonstrators rallied across Cuba and Florida on Sunday.

The Havana Times reported that locals said they had difficulty getting “food, medicine, hygiene products and other goods and services.”

Cuban state media said there were pro-government gatherings in response to the demonstrations, after President Miguel Diaz-Canel made a television address in which he blamed social media campaigns for the unrest.

Video filmed by Yoyi Gonzalez shows people marching and chanting “freedom” and “down with Diaz-Canel” in the central Cuban city of Ciego de Avila, where local news said police used force to clamp down on the protests. Credit: Yoyi Gonzalez via Storyful

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