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The Cuban regime’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, said on Thursday that last Sunday’s protests against the country’s dictatorship were the result of a “politico-media operation” by the United States.

Rodríguez’s statements were made in a virtual forum with other Latin American politicians and diplomats, such as former President Dilma Rousseff and former Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The Cuban diplomat told his interlocutors that in Cuba “there has been no social upheaval, as expected by the United States” and that neither “the people have joined the call for general strike in the country, “according to a statement from the Ministry of Finance. Foreign Affairs of the Caribbean country.

He also thanked the expressions of support for Cuba, as well as the rejection of the economic and trade embargo policy maintained by the US government against the country.

Thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday – and to a lesser extent on Monday – in several Cuban cities to demonstrate against the precarious situation of life under the Castro dictatorship, which includes shortages of food and medicine, cuts to current and controversial stores of foreign currency traded products that emerged amid the severe economic and health crisis.

At the forum, Evo Morales said that “any other country would have given up” in the face of the US embargo and urged US President Joe Biden to listen to voices calling for the measure to be suspended.

Likewise, former President Dilma Rousseff sent a message of support to Cuba and its leaders and condemned the “blockade” (in reference to the American embargo) against the Cuban people.