Man arrested during protests in Havana (Cuba) on July 11, 2021 | Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo

The organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced Tuesday (13) that the number of detainees in the demonstrations that took place in Cuba “has exceeded 150”, and demanded an end to human rights violations on Cuban territory .

“The initial list of detainees in the protests in Cuba exceeds 150. It is not known where many of them are. We demand an end to these human rights violations. Demonstrating is a right, not a crime,” the director said. from the HRW Americas division, José Miguel Vivanco. He published a list of missing persons whose paternity he attributes to the NGO Cubalex, which counts 171 missing persons, of which 17 have already been released or found.

Thousands of people took to the Cuban streets to demand freedom on Sunday (11). These are the biggest protests on the island since the so-called “Maleconazo” in August 1994.