Peace returns to Cuba streets one week after riots: report

TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) – The situation in the Cuban capital Havana has calmed down one week after protests and riots although Police patrols at the central districts of the Cuban capital remain on duty.

Police patrols at the central districts of the Cuban capital following the July 11 riots remain on duty. The situation in the city is calm, according to TASS.

TASS has repoted that mobile Internet in the city functions without serious interruptions, access to social networks has been partially restored. However, some users complained about the low data transfer rate. Shops and catering establishments operate in accordance with sanitary standards introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus: social distancing is mandatory, restaurants only offer takeaway.

On July 11, the state television of Cuba reported that riots had taken place in several cities of the republic, their participants ransacked a number of shops. Prior to this, mass demonstrations began in the city of San Antonio de los Banos, located 24 km south of Havana. According to official figures, many government supporters were injured in clashes with the rioters.

Cuban officials including the foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez blamed the White House for the riots and warned against military intervention by the United States.

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the US and some Western countries' interference in the protests in Cuba, calling for the immediate lifting of the US sanctions against the country.

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