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Protests begin in San Antonio de los Banos, visited by President Miguel Diaz-Colonel. It is a small town of 50,000 people southwest of the capital Havana.

The protests begin in the small town of San Antonio de los Banos. Many shouted “Down with dictatorship!” After the President’s visit.

Photo: YAMIL LAGE / AFP / NTB

A quarter of an hour later, the protests spread to Havana and Santiago, Reuters reported.

Protesters expressed great frustration at the restrictions imposed during the corona epidemics, the speed of the vaccine and their belief that the government had failed.

Long food queues, constant power outages and complex shortages of drugs led to increased anger among ordinary Cubans.

Claudia Perez, who took part in the protests in Havana, told Reuters that those who did not have foreign currency could not get food or medicine and could shop in foreign stores.

Civil police arrested several protesters in Havana on Sunday.

Civil police arrested several protesters in Havana on Sunday.

Photo: Ramon Espinosa / AB / NTP

The President criticizes the United States

President Miguel Diaz-Colonel, the leader of the country’s Communist Party, spoke to the nation on television on Sunday afternoon, accusing the United States of being behind the unrest.

He attributed the island state’s economic crisis to US sanctions.

In his speech, the president called on supporters to take to the streets and “confront the provocateurs.”

In the capital, eyewitnesses reported large police forces on the streets and special forces with machine guns in jeeps.

At sea in Havana, many people had gathered on Sunday afternoon, but no violent clashes were reported.

Protesters in front of government offices in Havana

Several thousand protesters gathered in front of government offices in Havana on Sunday.

Photo: YAMIL LAGE / AFP / NTB

New infection record

With a population of 11.2 million, the country is currently going through a difficult phase of the corona epidemic. The protest march comes at the same time as a new daily record of infection is reported and dead.

As of Sunday, 6923 new cases of infection and 47 new deaths have been registered.

– These are dangerous numbers and they are rising every day, says the country’s health ministry.

Using material hooks as #SOSCuba There has been an increase in social media and both residents and artists are urging the government to open up to financial aid from abroad.

An opposition group called for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor on Saturday, but the Cuban government rejected the move, saying the country was not a conflict zone.

The government considers the campaign an attempt to create the image of “total chaos in the country.”

Demonstrations against the Cuban government, here Havna 11 July 2021

In several neighborhoods in the capital, Havana, people gathered in protests on Sunday.

Photo: Ismail Francisco / AP / NTB

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