Protests in Cuba: Customs duty on food and medicine lifted

Protests in Cuba: Customs duty on food and medicine lifted


The demands of thousands of protesters who took to the streets against the lack of food and medicine in Cuba were met.

The Cuban government announced that the restrictions on the amount of food and medicine that travelers from different countries can bring into the country are temporarily lifted.

With the decision taken, these products brought to the country will not be taxed from those who exceed the limit.

Making a statement on the decision on state television, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz stated that the implementation will start on Monday next week and will continue until the end of the year, and said, “This was the demand of many travelers and it was necessary to take this decision.”

The intermittent internet outage imposed by the government to quell the protests was also halted. However, the access restriction in social media and messaging applications continues.

AT LEAST 200 PEOPLE DETENT

Thousands of people took to the streets in Cuba on Sunday to protest the lack of basic supplies, the restriction of fundamental rights and freedoms and the government’s fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. The Cuban government claimed that the protests were organized by US-funded mercenaries and that these people supported the economic embargo.

While many countries and the United Nations urged the Cuban government to respect freedom of expression, Mexico and some countries said the best way to help the Cuban people is for the United States to ease sanctions.

On Monday, the first loss of life was recorded in the protests where anti-government slogans were shouted. Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, 36, died in a clash between police and demonstrators. According to local sources, at least 200 people were detained during the demonstrations.

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