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Freedom of Speech
Photo/Jeff Harris
July in Cuba is predictably hot, but this summer something quite unusual arrived with the rising mercury—the passionate fire of civil unrest. The people on the island took to the streets, shouting libertad , Spanish for freedom, and calling for change. The demonstrations began in San Antonio de los Baños, a town about 16 miles southwest of Havana. Video images of the protests quickly spread by cell phone—something roughly half of all Cubans now own. As the word got around the country, the protests spread to other cities and towns, and soon thousands were demonstrating all over Cuba, including in Havana, where immense crowds formed in the city streets. These were …
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