The United States sanctioned eight other officials of the Cuban dictatorship to suppress the July 11 protests.

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source: aljazeera.com

The United States sanctioned eight other officials of the Cuban dictatorship to suppress the July 11 protests.

Last year's demonstrations, unprecedented on the island in more than six decades, were sparked by food and medicine shortages, blackouts, and the effects of the economic crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

ON THURSDAY, the U.S. State Department announced the imposition of visa restrictions on eight other Cuban officials, whose identities were not disclosed, for the arrest and prosecution of people who participated in the July 11 protests.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the State Department today took steps to impose visa restrictions on eight Cuban officials who have silenced the Cuban people through coercion, unfair detention and harsh sentences. Were involved in the efforts.

Blinken said about 600 protesters are in prison, some of them in poor health and without access to food, medicine or calling their loved ones.

At the same time, the playwright Yunior García Aguilera, who had become the leading promoter of the march, after several hours disappeared in which he was found to be arrested, landed by surprise in Madrid.

The July 11 protests, unprecedented on the island in more than six decades, were sparked by food and medicine shortages, blackouts, and the effects of the economic crisis, aggravated by the covid-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the embargo on the U.S.

These demonstrations, which included peaceful marches, clashes with the police, and occasional looting, were followed by a wave of arrests of hundreds of people critical of the government.

On November 30, the State Department announced travel restrictions for nine Cuban officials, whose identities were not disclosed, for "silencing the voices of the Cuban people " in the face of the protests called for November 15.

There were hardly any protests that day, beyond some symbolic action, mainly due to the deployment of state security agents in large cities and the repression against crucial opposition figures.

At the same time, the playwright Yunior García Aguilera, who had become the leading promoter of the march, after several hours disappeared in which he was found to be arrested, landed by surprise in Madrid.