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What's behind Cuba's protest movement

Cuba’s historic protests — and the government crackdown that followed — have shone a new light on the crisis currently facing the island. But questions about how to fix that crisis, and who’s to blame, are hotly disputed. Journalist Ed Augustin on what the protesters want and how Cuba got to this point.
Anti-government protesters march in Havana, Cuba's capital, on July 11. (Ismael Francisco/The Associated Press)

The historic protests that exploded across Cuba a week ago — and the government crackdown that followed — have cranked up pressure on both the Cuban and U.S. governments to fix the dire situation currently facing people on the island.

But while almost everyone agrees change is urgently needed, questions about what that change should look like, and who's to blame for the current crisis, are hotly disputed.

Today, Havana-based reporter Ed Augustin joins us to talk about what the protesters want and how Cuba got to this point.

 

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