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  Cuba denies opposition permission for march in Havana after July protests
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 12, 2021 03:57pm
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AuthorReuters in Havana
News DateTuesday, October 12, 2021 09:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCuba has denied government opponents permission to stage what they said would be a peaceful march for civil liberties in the capital Havana and a few other provinces on grounds it was part of efforts to overthrow the government, according to a letter handed to organizers.

Protests rocked the communist-run country for two days in July, with the biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades resulting in hundreds of arrests, one death and calls for US intervention by some Cuban Americans.

Government critics, organized by a Facebook group called Archipelago, initially planned protests across the country for 20 November, but switched the date to 15 November after authorities declared the 20th a “National Defense Day” during which citizens practice preparedness for a US invasion.

The fallback date of the 15th, however, falls on the same day Cuba, an island nation of white sand beaches and coral reefs, plans to reopen to tourism after two years in which the all-important industry was hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic.
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