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At least one death recorded in Cuban protests


Associated Press/Photo by Ismael Francisco Police keep watch near the National Capitol building in Havana, Cuba, on Monday.

At least one death recorded in Cuban protests

Cuba’s Interior Ministry in a Tuesday statement said a 36-year-old died during a Monday clash between police and protesters on the outskirts of Havana, the capital city. Police arrested an unconfirmed number of people while others sustained injuries, including some police officers, the statement added. Thousands of Cubans turned out at historic nationwide protests against the Communist government on Sunday, decrying food shortages and high prices. Protesters in Orlando and New York staged solidarity marches on Tuesday.

How is the Cuban government responding? Internet and cell phone service were still disrupted on Tuesday, as a heavy police presence remained across Havana. Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas director, said authorities detained at least 140 Cubans since Sunday. They include Camila Acosta, a Cuban journalist who works for a Spanish newspaper. Security officials arrested her from her home early Monday.

Dig deeper: Read Kent Covington’s earlier report in The Sift about the protests.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

@onize_ohiks

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OldMike

And from another news item (might have been from World, I can’t remember) the Cuban government has put forth a theory that the unrest in Cuba is being caused by a U.S. social media campaign. What a laugh! Highly doubtful, considering U.S. social media is run by people who probably think the Communist Cuban government is just perfect!

OldMike

I bet this is causing some real tummy-aches for our more militant U.S. lefties: do they go out and march in support of the Cuban protestors, or in support of the wonderful Cuban government?