More than five thousand people were arrested in Cuba during the three days of protests against the government, including 120 activists and journalists. This was announced in a report released by the 14ymedio site which cites sources from civil society. The methods used by the security forces towards demonstrators are brutal, as can also be seen from the videos released by Human Rights Watch. At least one died during the protests, according to state media.
The protest began on Sunday, when thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest the government’s repression and the country’s economic problems.
Meanwhile, the Cuban government has temporarily lifted tariffs on the import of food, medicines and other essential goods following the demonstrations. From Monday until the end of the year, therefore, those who enter the country will be able to carry unlimited goods with them.
Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz explained that the lifting of duties “was a request made by many travelers and it was necessary to take this decision”. The government will “evaluate things” after December 31, he added.