22:18 GMT05 August 2021
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    Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to protest food shortages and poor economic conditions that have deepened inside the Communist state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called the demonstrations an attempt to destabilize the Caribbean nation by “anti-revolutionary mercenaries.”

    The New York Times is facing backlash for equating a “freedom” call among Cuban protesters with “anti-government slogans” following its Sunday piece.

    "Shouting ‘Freedom’ and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years," the newspaper said in a tweet, quoting the introduction to its article.

    Readers were very surprised by the peculiar equation:

    “Only New York Times commies think “freedom” is an “anti-government slogan,” said Dan Gainor, who is the Vice President of Free Speech America and Business.

    Some were also quick to point out that America’s almost 60-year embargo has probably contributed to the protest mood in the Caribbean state.

    Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Cuba in a rare move to denounce the government’s economic policies, handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, food and medical shortages and rising prices.

    Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel responded to the unrest by saying that his government will “not let anti-revolutionary mercenaries who are beholden to the American empire to create instability.”

    “There will be a revolutionary response," the president vowed.  

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