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Why are Cubans protesting against the Communist government in a country that doesn’t tolerate dissent?

Shouting “freedom” and “down with the dictatorship”, thousands of Cubans joined street protests in cities and towns across the country on Sunday. A spontaneous gathering of this scale is extremely rare in Cuba, where opposition to the government is stifled. They were the largest anti-government demonstrations on the Communist-run island in decades.

What prompted the unrest?

Cuba is experiencing its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic electricity, food, and medicine shortages.

Tourism is a significant engine of the economy, but it has been paralyzed by the pandemic.

Growing inflation is also a concern, with estimates that prices could rise even further in the next few months.

Compounding the crisis is the worsening coronavirus situation.

The island, which had kept the pandemic under control in 2020, has seen infections explode in recent weeks.

11 million people recently reported a new daily record of almost 7,000 infections and 47 deaths.

Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Cuba

.The surge has pushed some hospitals to the edge of collapse in a country that prides itself on its healthcare system. A professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Melbourne, Adrian Hearn, says more historical aspects to the unrest. Since the 1990s, people are gradually getting impatient with missing out on opportunities that they see others in the world accessing and either experiencing or being told about,” he told SBS News.

Life in the 1980s in Cuba when things were pretty good and the Soviet Un, ion was subsidizing a lot of the Cuban economy at that point,” he told SBS news. “Since the 1990s, things have been a lot more complicated. So that’s the slow boil that for 30 years now is still a problem and people are frustrated about.

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