Cuba’s Protests Put Diaz-Canel—and Biden—in a Bind

A rally outside the White House in support of protesters in Cuba, in Washington, July 13, 2021 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
A rally outside the White House in support of protesters in Cuba, in Washington, July 13, 2021 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

On Sunday July 11, Cuba was rocked by an unprecedented public display of opposition as thousands of people joined nationwide demonstrations against the government. The largely spontaneous outbursts underscored the depth of Cuba’s social and economic crisis and pose a huge challenge to President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the ruling Communist Party. They have also forced the issue of Cuba to the top of U.S. President Joe Biden’s agenda.  The first demonstration began that morning in a park outside the Catholic Church of San Antonio de los Banos, a small town on the outskirts of Havana. By prior arrangement, several dozen […]

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