Cuba Confirms One Man Dead In Anti-Government Protests

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HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — One idiosyncratic died during uncommon wide demonstrations successful Cuba, arsenic the radical rallied against the oppressive Communist regime.

Cuba’s Interior Ministry said successful a connection that Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, 36, died Monday during a clash betwixt protesters and constabulary successful the Arroyo Naranjo municipality connected the outskirts of Havana. It said an unspecified fig of radical were arrested and determination were immoderate radical injured, including immoderate officers.

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The connection accused demonstrators of vandalizing houses, mounting fires, and damaging powerfulness lines. It besides alleged they attacked constabulary and civilians with knives, stones, and different objects.

Demonstrations that erupted Sunday person seen thousands of Cubans successful the streets voicing grievances against shortages of goods, rising prices, and powerfulness cuts. Some protesters person called for a alteration of government.

Havana inactive had a dense constabulary beingness Tuesday, with officers peculiarly guarding cardinal points specified arsenic the Malecon coastal promenade and the Capitol. Internet and cellphone information services continued to beryllium disrupted.

There were nary reports of caller protests, which the authorities has sought to blasted connected Cuban Americans utilizing societal media to instigate unrest successful Cuba.

The demonstrations successful respective cities and towns were immoderate of the biggest displays of antigovernment sentiment seen successful years successful tightly controlled Cuba, which is facing a surge of coronavirus cases arsenic it struggles with its worst economical situation successful decades arsenic a effect of U.S. sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

The uncommon outpouring of dissent led erstwhile President Raul Castro to articulation with different apical leaders Monday to sermon the situation.

“On July 11, determination were riots, determination were disorders connected a precise constricted scale, opportunistically taking vantage of the hard conditions successful which we Cubans are surviving today,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Tuesday, adding that authorities experts had recovered grounds of outsiders utilizing blase instrumentality to wide broadcast alarmist and inciting messages implicit societal media.

But, Rodriguez said, “On July 11, determination was nary societal detonation successful Cuba. There was not due to the fact that of the volition of our radical and due to the fact that of the enactment of our radical for the gyration and its government.”

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Cuba’s Roman Catholic bishops issued a telephone to debar violence.

“We recognize that the authorities has responsibilities and has tried to instrumentality measures to alleviate the aforementioned difficulties, but we besides recognize that the radical person the close to explicit their needs, desires, and hopes,” they said successful a statement.

The demonstrations were highly antithetic connected an land wherever small dissent against the authorities is tolerated. The past large nationalist objection of discontent, implicit economical hardship, took spot astir 30 years agone successful 1994. Last year, determination were tiny demonstrations by artists and different groups, but thing arsenic large oregon wide arsenic what erupted this past weekend.

The U.S. has, truthful acold astatine least, not detected immoderate surge of migrants from Cuba, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters successful Washington connected Tuesday.

He besides cautioned Cubans that immoderate migrants intercepted astatine oversea are returned to their homelands oregon sent to different countries nether long-standing agreements intended to discourage radical from trying to marque the unsafe crossing.

“The humanitarian connection to the radical of Cuba is bash not instrumentality to the seas,” Mayorkas said. “People dice erstwhile they effort to migrate successful the maritime transmission irregularly.”

The contented of Cuban migration successful absorption to the authorities resonates with Mayorkas, whose household fled the Cuban gyration successful the 1960s.

“I understood what it meant for my begetter to suffer everything that helium had built for his young family,” helium said. “We basal with the radical of Cuba.”

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