Governments of 21 countries repudiate “mass arrests” in Cuba

"We urge the Cuban government to release those detained for exercising their rights to peaceful protest," a statement demanded. "We call for freedom of the press and the full restoration of Internet access."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The governments of 21 countries, including the United States and five Latin American countries, condemned the "massive arrests and detentions" of demonstrators in Cuba and demanded respect for human rights on the island.

The declaration was signed by the foreign ministers of Austria, Brazil, Colombia, South Korea, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Ecuador, United States, Estonia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, and Ukraine.

The communiqué recalls that last July 11, "tens of thousands of Cuban citizens participated in demonstrations throughout the country in protest against the deterioration of living conditions and . . .

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