Written by Staff Writer at CNN, Written by Janelle Griffith
Protests have erupted across Cuba for the second time in as many weeks, with activists and victims of torture at risk of being detained by police.
It comes amid a wide-ranging crackdown across the Communist-run island that has seen several high-profile dissidents detained.
In December 1st, at least four men were arrested for holding a unregistered opposition demonstration in Havana’s Revolution Square. Activists later told CNN it was the first time a demonstration had been held in a decades-old plaza which hosts public events including Cuba’s national debate and religious conferences.
The move angered authorities and U.S. officials, who have grown increasingly skeptical of Cuba’s willingness to loosen its political grip and engage with Washington.
“We continue to call on the Cuban government to end its clampdown on freedom of expression and association,” a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department told CNN in an email response to a request for comment.