UPDATED 12:22 PM PT – Saturday, July 17, 2021
Cuba has lifted food and medicine restrictions amid some of the largest protests in decades. Earlier this week, Cuba announced it would be temporarily lifting restrictions on basic goods that travelers could bring into the country as protests rage on against the communist government.
“The Cuban government has attempted to silence their [Cubans] voices and communications through internet shutdowns, violence and arbitrary detentions of dozens of protesters, journalists, activists and other repressive tactics,” said U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price.
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 15, 2021
Last weekend, thousands of Cubans flooded the streets in protest of mass shortages of food, medicine and other essential items. Cubans have also reported spending hours in lines just to buy groceries.
Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country’s tourism industry especially hard, propelling it into an even worse economic state.