Weekly Report - 20 January 2022 (WR-22-03)

CUBA: Mass trials amid renewed crackdown

Dozens of Cubans who took part in the July 2021 anti-government protests [WR-21-28] have gone on trial accused of crimes, including sedition. This has invoked comparisons with the so-called ‘Black Spring’ of 2003 - a notorious crackdown under the government, then led by the late Fidel Castro (1959-2008), in which 75 dissidents were imprisoned. Following the unprecedented 11 July protests, which stemmed from economic, health, and political grievances, the trials are widely considered an attempt by the Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) government to send the harsh message that further dissent will not be tolerated.

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