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Cuba lifts food, medicine customs restrictions after protests

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Cuba has announced that it is temporarily lifting restrictions on the amount of food and medicine travellers can bring into the country in an apparent small concession to demands by protesters who took to the streets last weekend.

Thousands joined a wave of nationwide protests over shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties and the government's handling of a surge in Covid-19 infections on Sunday, in the most significant unrest in decades in the communist-run country.

The government blamed the unrest on US-financed "counter-revolutionaries" exploiting hardship caused by the decades-old US trade embargo that Washington tightened in the midst of the pandemic, pushing the Cuban economy to the brink.

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