Cuba's government confirms one dead during clashes between police and protesters

Photo: EPA Members of Cuban community in New Jersey show solidarity with the ongoing protests in Cuba, North Bergen, New Jersey, USA, 13 July 2021.

Cuban authorities confirmed on Tuesday that one person has died during demonstrations that have shaken the island in recent days by protesting over food shortages, high prices and other grievances against the government, news wires reported. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, 36, died on Monday during a clash between protesters and police in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality on the outskirts of Havana. It said an unspecified number of people were arrested and there were some people injured, including some officers.

The statement accused demonstrators of vandalizing houses, setting fires and damaging power lines. It also alleged they attacked police and civilians with knives, stones and other objects..

Demonstrations that erupted Sunday have seen thousands of Cubans in the streets voicing grievances against shortages of goods, rising prices and power cuts, and some protesters have called for a change of government.

Havana still had a heavy police presence on Tuesday, with officers particularly guarding key points such as the Malecon coastal promenade and the Capitol. Internet and cellphone data service continued to be disrupted. There were no reports of new protests, which the government has sought to blame on Cuban Americans using social media to instigate unrest in Cuba.

 

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