Cuba saw its largest protests in decades over the weekend. Thousands of people demonstrated in major cities on Sunday, with signs saying “freedom” and “enough.” Police clashed with protesters and made scores of arrests.

The protests, among the most significant displays of dissent since the Cuban revolution of 1959, were an unusual public rebuke of the Communist Party that has ruled the second-most populated country in the Caribbean, after neighboring Haiti, for more than six decades.

The demonstration broke out as the government faces mounting, interlinked problems, including demand for coronavirus vaccine doses, a severely weakened economy and regular power outages.

What to know

  • Why is Cuba’s economy struggling?
  • How has the coronavirus hit Cuba?
  • Has Cuba seen protests like this before?
  • What does this mean for Cuban leaders?