Protests across Cuba over food shortages, high prices

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Police scuffle and detain a demonstrator during a protest in Havana, Cuba, July 11, 2021.

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Cuba protests
Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in several cities across Cuba in the largest-scale demonstrations of the country against the communist government in recent memory. Demonstrators were chanting “freedom” and “down with the dictatorship,” protesting food shortages and high prices as the Caribbean country struggles with its worst economic crisis in decades, along with a resurgence of coronavirus cases. Cuba is additionally under economic pressure imposed by US sanctions levied by the Trump administration.

Haiti arrest
Haitian police officials announced the arrest of Christian Emmanuel Sanon over the weekend as a key suspect in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse. Sanon, a Haitian-born doctor who was living in Florida, is believed to have been plotting to become president, according to Haiti’s head of police, Léon Charles. Officials in Haiti have asked the US for assistance in the investigation, following the shocking murder of Moïse. On Sunday, a delegation from the US traveled to Haiti to meet with the country's acting prime minister.

Euro 2020 Racism
British police on Monday opened investigations into the racist abuse of three Black players who missed penalty kicks during the final shoot-out between England and Italy for the European Championship final. The three players, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, part of a young England team praised for its diversity, were the target of “offensive and racist” social media posts, and a mural of Rashford in Manchester was defaced with graffiti. The country’s governing Football Association and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have also condemned the online racist abuse.

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Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse are tossed on the floor after being detained.

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse are tossed on the floor after being detained, at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. 


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