November 15. Cuba reopened schools and its borders to international tourism on Monday as opposition groups urged supporters to protest for greater political freedoms, setting up a tense showdown between the government and its critics on the Caribbean island.
Dissidents have for months called on social media for a “Civic March for Change” following street protests in July, the largest on the island in decades.
Cuba’s communist government has banned Monday’s planned demonstrations, saying they are part of a destabilization campaign by the United States, which maintains a Cold War-era embargo on Cuba. U.S. officials have denied that.
The timing of the protests – the same day tourism and schools are set to reopen following the pandemic – touched a nerve with the government.