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On the eve of the first anniversary of the protests, the US says the Cuban regime “fears” its citizens

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Protesto contra a ditadura cubana e de apoio aos presos do 11 de julho em Madri, neste domingo

Protest against the Cuban dictatorship and in support of the prisoners of of July in Madrid, this Sunday| Photo: EFE/Luca Piergiovanni

This Sunday (), the eve of the one year anniversary of the biggest demonstrations for democracy in Cuba in decades, the US Embassy in the Caribbean country released a note condemning the Castro dictatorship for repressing the protests. .

“We demand that the Cuban regime protect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression and assembly. Close to completing one year of of July, we urge the government to ensure that all citizens can live freely without being harassed, that journalists can carry out their work unhindered and that internet and telecommunications networks remain open. The previously unannounced military exercises and the arrests of activists and journalists demonstrate that the regime fears the right to freedom of expression of its own citizens,” the embassy pointed out, citing military exercises that the dictatorship began on Saturday (9).

Before the note , the US government had announced sanctions against 28 senior Cuban officials for their role in suppressing the protests. Visa restrictions have been imposed that prevent these regime officials from entering the United States.

This Sunday, protests in support of the protesters ofof July were registered in Tampa, in the US state of Florida, and in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

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