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.
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