Cuba: Nearly 400 Sanctioned Over Anti-Govt. Protests

Photo: AFP [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • Cuba has sanctioned 381 people over last July's anti-government protests, with 297 people reportedly sentenced to 5-25 years of prison for crimes of sedition, public disorder, assault, or robbery.

  • Thousands of Cubans took to the streets in protest of rising food costs, medical shortages, and harsh socio-economic conditions that worsened during COVID.


The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

The Cuban regime is trying to intimidate and threaten anybody who dares to speak out with mass detentions, sham trials, and unjust sentencing. The US rightly stands with the brave Cubans who have opposed 62 years of repression. The communist regime must be held accountable.

Establishment-critical narrative

This is yet another example of the US attempting to undermine the Cuban government. The US has continuously tried to destabilize Cuba but to no avail. It hasn't worked for 60 years, doesn't work now, and won't work in the future.


Establishment split

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