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Marian Hernandez, 21, a psychology senior, (right), and Jenna Hidalgo, 21, a criminology and psychology senior, (left), shout “Patria y Vida” as they raise signs embellished with colors of the Cuban flag on Friday, July 16, 2021. UF students gathered at the corner of University Avenue and 13th street to protest human rights abuses in Cuba.

UF students protest against Cuba’s government

The #SOSCuba Gainesville demonstration — hosted by UF students from Take Action Florida, a social activism group — garnered support from about 70 students and Gainesville residents who called for action to change current conditions in Cuba.  The protests are in response to food and medicine shortages, inflation, nationwide blackouts and a rise in COVID-19 deaths on the island in the past month. Thousands of Cubans both in the country and in the U.S. are demonstrating to express frustrations against the current government’s rule.

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