Jul 12, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
Cubans facing the country’s worst economic crisis in decades took to the streets over the weekend.
In turn, authorities blocked social media sites in an apparent effort to stop the flow of information into, out of and within the beleaguered nation.
Cuba’s president says the demonstrations were stirred up on social media by Cuban-Americans in the United States.
Restricting internet access has become a tried-and-true method of stifling dissent by authoritarian regimes around the world.
Cuban authorities were blocking Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram on Monday, stunting information-sharing on social media.
Large contingents of Cuban police are patrolling the capital of Havana following protests Sunday against pandemic-related food shortages and high prices.