After protests in Cuba, government reinforces police patrols

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the government of Cuba reinforced policing in the streets of the country while the president Miguel Diaz-Canel accuses Cuban Americans of using social media to provoke a rare demonstration against high prices and food shortages.

The demonstrations in several cities and towns were some of the biggest demonstrations of anti-government sentiment seen since 1994 when thousands of Cubans took to the streets of Havana to protest government policies. The episode became known as “malemonazo” because hundreds of Cubans invaded the Malecón, Havana’s seafront promenade, shouting “Freedom.”

Cuba woke up without mobile internet and with a strong police presence in the streets of Havana, a day after thousands of Cubans took to the streets in protest against the government and the economic and health crisis they are going through.

A journalist from the Spanish news agency EFE said there was a “tense calm” in the streets. With no internet on the island, the journalist says it is difficult to “know for sure” what is going on across the country.

On Monday, 12, dozens of women gathered in front of police stations trying to obtain information about the whereabouts of husbands, children and relatives arrested or disappeared during the demonstrations.