Cuban citizens took to the streets across the country for the first time in more than six decades to protest against deteriorating living conditions and the lack of basic goods and services, including medical attention amid increasing numbers of coronavirus infections.
The protests, with thousands of people calling for an end to the 62-year-old communist regime, began on July 11 in the western city of San Antonio de los Baños, later spreading to more than 40 cities and towns including the capital Havana.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel deployed security forces across the country. His government disrupted communications, with the state-run phone and network monopoly, Etecsa, halting internet service.
In Havana, state forces including so-called rapid-reaction brigades and Communist Party militants armed with heavy sticks, were sent out. Some…