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An astonishing scene unfolded in Cuba over the weekend as thousands took part in anti-government demonstrations across the island.
In Bejucal, a town south of Havana, protesters cheered, "Libertad, libertad!" ("Liberty, liberty!")
This was a rare moment in a nation that typically cracks down hard on dissent. Protesters took to the streets to express frustration with food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, however, said the demonstrations were stirred up on social media by Cuban Americans in the United States.
Several videos of the protests circulated online throughout the weekend. Hundreds of government supporters also took to the streets in counterprotests.
Historian Lillian Guerra has written extensively about the politics of Cuba and has been following the protests from her home in Gainesville, Florida. She joined The World's host Marco Werman to talk about the significance of the demonstrations over the weekend.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. AP contributed to this report.