Headline RoundupJuly 12th, 2021

Demonstrators in Cuba Protest Shortages, Lack of Covid-19 Vaccines

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On Sunday, thousands of Cubans marched to protest food shortages and the country's lack of COVID-19 vaccines. Chants of "freedom" could also be heard, leading some to speculate that protesters were speaking out against Cuba's communist government.

In a country that surveils dissidents and has tight police control, democratic protests are uncommon. The Biden administration is supporting the Cuban peoples' right to peaceful assembly; some in Cuba say the U.S. and social media enabled the uprising. Many right-rated media outlets are framing the protests as anti-communist. Updated 7/12/21 at 12:46 p.m. ET with more detail on protester's intentions and media bias around the story.

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