USA urges Cuban authorities to return Internet, release detainees

Source : 112 Ukraine

US Department of State spokesman condemned the violence against the demonstrators
12:09, 14 July 2021

The United States has called on Cuban authorities to restore access to mobile internet, which was cut off during protests, and to release detained protesters, as Le Figaro reported.

"We urge Cuban leaders to show restraint and respect the voice of the people, opening all means of communication, online and offline," US Department of State spokesman Ned Price said.

He also greeted the Cuban people and praised their courage. The Department spokesman said authorities should release protesters detained during the protests.

"We call for calm and condemn any violence against those who demonstrate their will peacefully. And we also ask the Cuban government to release detainees arrested for peaceful demonstrations," he said.

Related: Trump threatens to impose ‘highest-level sanctions’ on Cuba for supporting Maduro

As it was reported earlier, mass anti-government protests broke out in Havana and a dozen other Cuban cities on July 11. 

President Miguel Diaz-Canel considered protests as 'provocations'. He called on the Communists to counteract the protesters, as, according to him, it is time to defend the revolution.

At least 100 protesters, activists and independent journalists were detained across the country. In addition, the Internet was shut down in the country.

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