Latin America's response to protests in Cuba divided along ideological and political lines

Latin America’s response to protests in Cuba divided along ideological and political lines

MEXICO CITY — Latin American governments have split along ideological lines over widespread protests in Cuba, with the Mexican president accusing the US embargo of fomenting unrest while Chile and Peru urged the Cuban government to allow pro-democracy demonstrations.

Thousands of Cubans have participated in the biggest protests in decades on the communist-ruled island, calling for the resignation of President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Cuban authorities have arrested some activists and have restricted access to social media and messaging platforms since Monday, according to global internet monitoring company NetBlocks.

The governments of Chile and Peru both defended the rights of the Cuban people to protest on Tuesday.

The top Mexican diplomat added that he had held talks with his Cuban counterpart on Monday with the aim of establishing communication and seeing “what can be done on behalf of the whole community”.

Speaking alongside Ebrard at a press conference, Lopez Obrador blamed the US economic embargo for Cuba’s problems.

“They are going through a difficult situation which I attribute mainly to the blockade,” he said.

One of Latin America’s most prominent leftists, the Mexican president called for a peaceful resolution and offered to send drugs, vaccines and food at Cuba’s request.

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