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Police patrol Havana in large numbers after demonstrations

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Jul 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 14:49:13-04

HAVANA (AP) — Large contingents of Cuban police are patrolling the capital of Havana following protests around the island nation against food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis.

Cuba’s president says the demonstrations were stirred up on social media by Cuban-Americans in the United States.

Many young people took part in the Sunday protests in Havana, which disrupted traffic until police moved in after several hours and broke up the march when a few protesters threw rocks.

That demonstration and others in communities around the tightly controlled country were one of the biggest shows of anti-government sentiment in decades, and authorities appeared determined to put a stop to it.