Cuba protests spark demonstrations in Latin America

From Miami to Mexico City, protests have erupted across Latin American communities this week in solidarity with demonstrators in Cuba.

On Tuesday, protesters in Mexico City gathered outside the Cuban embassy, banging pots and pans, chanting "Free Cuba."

One Cuban protester living in Mexico demanded freedom for the island nation under its Communist leader:

"We are asking that we be listened to because we have not been able to have an opinion and now for the first time we are taking a step forward. The only thing we ask for is that we be listened to, and to free us from this dictatorship that we have had."

Another protester blamed a U.S. trade embargo for hurting the Cuban economy.

"We are in favour of the Cuban people who are out on the streets, but we are also against the illegal embargo that has seen the asphyxiation of the people."

Meanwhile, in Miami, home to the largest Cuban exile community, demonstrators blocked traffic on a major highway.

Dozens shut down the Palmetto Expressway for several hours, waving Cuban flags and shouting their support for protesters there.

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets over the weekend calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel's resignation, in a rare display of civil unrest in the Communist nation.

Protesters have denounced the country's deepening economic crisis and demanded better access to vaccines.

State-run media reported another protest in southern Havana on Monday, which left one dead and several hospitalized with injuries.

Cuban authorities have since arrested several activists and restricted access to social media and messaging platforms, according to one global internet monitoring firm.

Cuba's president has blamed the country's unrest on the U.S., accusing it of "economic asphyxiation."

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