Cuban Foreign Ministry blames U.S. for protests on island

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said during a press conference on Tuesday, July 13, that the U.S. government was directly involved in organizing the large-scale protests that took place on the island on July 11.

“I accuse the U.S. government of being directly involved and significantly responsible for the events of July 11.”

He said Sunday’s events involved “agents of a foreign power” who receive funding and instructions from abroad.

“Those who meet with U.S. diplomats, those who constantly visit diplomatic institutions, and those who constantly incite actions against the constitutional order and laws of Cuba,” the minister stressed.

The diplomat also noted that “people with criminal backgrounds and fringe groups” were involved in the riots.

On Tuesday, July 13, it became known that one person was killed during the anti-government protests in Cuba.

On July 11, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to participate in mass peaceful protests against the government. People participated in rallies in Havana, Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba, San Antonio de los BaƱos and other municipalities.

For his part, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel addressed the nation, urging communists to take to the streets to prevent possible provocations against the authorities. He also stated that communists are ready to fight in the streets and die for the revolution.