19:46 GMT26 July 2021
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    Cuban diplomats have recently slammed Washington's "hypocritical" reaction to the unrest in the island nation, as the US calls on the Cuban government to respond to people's demands, while at the same time strengthening its crushing sanctions. Havana suggested that the protests are fomented by US-paid mercenaries.

    HAVANA (Sputnik) - Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez has warned that calls for humanitarian intervention in the country, which are appearing on social media, may pave the way to a military intervention by the United States.

    "To ask for humanitarian intervention in Cuba is to ask for military intervention by the US," Rodriguez told journalists.

    The minister laid the blame for the recent nationwide protests on Washington.

    "I accuse the US government of being directly involved and gravely responsible for the incidents that took place on July 11, and it will be held responsible for their consequences," Rodriguez stated.

    Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday demanding free elections and a resolution to deeply troubling social issues. According to local media, protests and gatherings took place in eight Cuban cities, including Havana. In response, government and Communist Party supporters have staged marches of their own.

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