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Demonstrators in Havana protest shortages, rising prices

Thousands of Cubans marched the streets of Havana's Malecon promenade in protest of food shortages and high prices.
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Plainclothes police detain an anti-government protester during a protest in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of demonstrators went out to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest against ongoing food shortages and high prices of foodstuffs, amid the new coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

HAVANA, Cuba — Thousands of Cubans have marched on Havana's Malecon promenade and elsewhere on the island to protest food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis. 

Sunday's outpouring was one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in memory. Many young people took part in the afternoon protest in the capital, which disrupted traffic until police moved in after several hours and broke up the march when a few protesters threw rocks.

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A woman shouts during a an anti-government protest in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Hundreds of demonstrators went out to the streets in several cities in Cuba to protest against ongoing food shortages and high prices of foodstuffs. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades, along with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, and protesters chanted "Freedom," "Enough" and "United." 

People standing on many balconies in the Centro Habana neighborhood applauded the protesters passing by. Others joined in the march.