Cuba arrests activists as government blames unrest on U.S. interference

  • Streets quiet after unusual protests at weekend
  • At least 100 arrested – rights group
  • Cuban government blames U.S. for sanctions, backing opposition
  • U.S. stands with Cuban people, says Biden

HAVANA, July 12 (Reuters) – Cuba blamed historic protests that took place over the weekend on U.S. “economic asphyxiation” and detained some of the highest profile activists, while the Biden administration said it supported the Cuban people’s right to demonstrate.

The streets of Havana were quiet on Monday, although there was a heavy police presence and the capitol building, where more than a thousand had congregated the day before, was cordoned off. Outages in mobile internet – the only way many Cubans have of accessing the web – were frequent.

Thousands of Cubans joined street protests from Havana to Santiago on Sunday in the biggest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades. They were protesting against the country’s dire economic crisis and…

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