Cuban authorities crush protest plans in crackdown on dissidents

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The Biden administration on Monday denounced “intimidation tactics” by Cuban officials in their crackdown on activists planning to protest civil rights.

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why it matters: Protesters were hoping to build on July’s massive anti-government demonstrations in Havana and other Cuban cities with the nationwide “Civic March for Change”. But police and security forces took to the streets, arresting activists and even “trapping” their homes. Washington Post,

  • National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said: in a statement That “the Cuban regime predictably deployed harsh prison sentences, sporadic arrests, intimidation tactics, and a set of acts of disapproval in an effort to silence the voices of the Cuban people screaming for change. “

of note: The action coincided with the reopening of tourism and schools by the ruling Communist Party to ease pandemic restrictions after COVID-19 cases and deaths occurred after vaccinating the vast majority of Cuban citizens with home vaccines. Reuters report,

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big picture: Opposition groups were seeking to protest the lack of food and medicine, and for democratic freedoms, which they are currently deprived of.

  • But activists and protest organizers, including 39-year-old playwright Unier García Aguilera, had their apartments surrounded by security forces and government supporters, Washpost notes. Their phones and internet were also disconnected.
  • Human Rights Watch’s Cuban researcher Juan Papier said after the July protests, “hundreds” of people are still jailed. new York Times,

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