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Protests in Cuba: the unprecedented “constitutional debate” after the government banned an opposition march

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Hundreds of Cubans were arrested after the July 11 protests.

Appealing to the Constitution, a group of activists had asked the Cuban government for an unprecedented authorization to carry out a march for change on November 15.

And appealing to the same Constitution, the Cuban government denied the right to protest.

On Tuesday, local authorities in several Cuban provinces notified the organizers of the demonstration that they do not have authorization to hold it, considering that it is a “destabilizing attempt” and, therefore, “illegal.”

After the spontaneous demonstrations of July 11 that led to a violent response from the authorities and the arrest of hundreds of people – many of whom are still in prison – young activists decided to resort to a gap left open by the Magna Carta in which the right to peaceful protest on the island.

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