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Dozens detained in Cuba after massive anti-government rally

The biggest anti-government protests in Cuba for decades have led to more than 100 people being detained as of Tuesday, according to the exiled Cubalex human rights group.

What's happening: Amnesty International said in a statement Monday it had received reports of "internet blackouts, arbitrary arrests, excessive use of force" after thousands of people demonstrated against the communist government across Cuba Sunday, as the country faces food and medicine shortages.

  • This included "police firing on demonstrators," and there were "reports of a long list of missing persons," the rights group noted.
  • The capitol building was cordoned off Monday and the streets were quiet except for a "heavy police presence," as arrests of high-profile opposition figures and activists continued, per Reuters.

The big picture: Cuba is experiencing one of worst economic crises in decades, with tourism hugely impacted by the pandemic.

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