Monday, January 24

Police in the streets, arrests and acts of repudiation: the government of Cuba stops the unprecedented protest called for 15N

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A large police presence was reported in the capital and several provinces of Cuba.

A wide police deployment, acts of repudiation, selective telephone cuts and arrests of activists have marked the day in Cuba this Monday, the day on which the opposition had called an unprecedented march against the government.

According to several Cubans from different provinces to BBC Mundo – and according to numerous testimonies and graphic material on social networks – the authorities made a wide deployment of troops in the main avenues, parks and crowded places in most of the country.

“There are more police officers than there are stones in the street,” said a 38-year-old resident of the province of Pinar del Río, who asked not to be named.

Meanwhile, another 33-year-old from Havana said that numerous groups in civilian clothes guarded the streets and sometimes even came close to questioning those they saw with their cell phones in their hands.

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