Thousands of people have taken to the streets in rare anti-government protests in Cuba, where the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis are spurring frustrations, with some demonstrators chanting “down with the dictatorship” and “we want liberty”. Al Jazeera reports that social anger has been driven by long food lines and a critical shortage of medicines since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, with Cuba under United States sanctions. President Miguel Diaz-Canel meanwhile addressed the nation late on Sunday afternoon, accusing the US of being responsible for the unrest and warning that further “provocations” would not be tolerated.