The United States supports the right to freedom of assembly of Cubans and will strongly condemn any use of violence against protesters, said US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

The first crowded protests in Cuba in many years took place in Cuba on Sunday, judging by the videos from the marches that are published on social networks; thousands of people participate in them. Among the protesters ‘ demands are “holding free elections” and solving social problems. According to local media, protests and crowds of people were noted in eight cities of the island, including Havana, no serious incidents were reported.

“The United States supports freedom of expression and assembly in Cuba and will condemn any violence or attack on peaceful protesters who exercise their universal rights,” Sullivan said in a statement posted on Twitter.