Cuban People Demonstrate and Call for Freedom and Universal Rights

Cuban Protests

As the U.S. and other parts of the world continue to recover from the COVID-19 impact, some countries like Cuba–a country often considered the epicenter of the cigar and tobacco culture–struggle to recover, as evidenced by protests that took place over the weekend.

On July 11, 2021, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest the lack of freedoms under the country’s Communist government and worsening economic situation brought on by the pandemic, the mistreatment at the hands of the Communist government and U.S. sanctions. Protests and demonstrations began southwest of Havana in the city San Antonio de los Baños and quickly spread throughout the country. Live footage of protests were posted and streamed from social media sites, showing Cubans calling for basic fundamental and universal rights, shouting “Down with Communism” as well as a short but clear message to the country’s government: “Freedom!”