Cubans stage rare protests against Covid

July 11, 2021, crowds in central Havana

Protesters marched to protest the government

Thousands of people have participated in protests against the Communist Party of Cuba in the capital Havana and several other cities.

Videos posted on social media show people demanding freedom, democracy, and vaccines to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

A rare demonstration has taken place in Cuba, which has reported a record number of Covid infections.

President Miguel Diaz Cannell has blamed US unrest.

Government supporters also rallyed in Havana.

On Friday, Cuba approved Abdalatu, the first homemade vaccine for emergency use in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Opposition says these are the biggest anti-government protests on the island in almost 30 years.

A protester in San Antonio de los Banos, 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Havana, said people at AFP were angry at the “electricity and food situation.”

“The energy situation seems to have caused some reaction here,” admitted President Diaz Cannell accusing the “Cuban-American mafia” of frustration.

A crowd rally in support of the Cuban government in San Antonio de los Banos on July 11, 2021

Other crowds showed support for the government

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