Weekly Report - 21 July 2022 (WR-22-29)

CUBA: Doubling down on protest anniversary

Cuba recently marked the one-year anniversary of the unprecedented unrest which rocked the island stemming from economic, health, and political grievances, prompting a major government crackdown on protesters. With many of the demands as pertinent as ever [WR-22-26], human rights groups reported an intensification of repression ahead of the 11 July anniversary. This, together with an irate response by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez to criticism from abroad regarding the human rights situation in Cuba, suggests that despite hopes for a thaw in relations with the US, following a loosening of restrictions in response to the surge in Cuban migration to the US [WR-22-20], the government remains intent on doubling down on dissent.

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