Large-scale anti-government protests broke out across Cuba
Thousands of people angry about the shortage of food and medicine took to the streets of Cuba, where the largest anti-government demonstration in decades took place on this communist-ruled island, chanting “freedom.”
On Sunday, riot police used pepper spray and batons on some protesters in Havana, but by dusk, most of them did not face them directly. Witnesses saw plainclothes men drag some demonstrators to waiting police cars and reported seeing special forces jeeps with machine guns deployed on the street.
According to reports, protests also took place in the city of Palma Soriano in the east of the country near Santiago and San Antonio de los Banos in southern Havana. Demonstrators chanted: “Down with the dictatorship!” In Matanzas, socializing Media videos show demonstrators overturning cars.
On Sunday afternoon, President Miguel Diaz-Canel delivered an emergency national speech on TV, interrupting scheduled football coverage. He told the Cubans: “We will not allow anyone to manipulate our situation… The battle order has been issued, and the revolutionaries have taken to the streets.”
The protest seems to have started in San Antonio, where residents chanted anti-government slogans and demanded an end to restrictions on the coronavirus and power cuts. Diaz-Canel visited the town and later stated that the protesters had been manipulated by a US-led social media campaign.
In Havana, some protesters wearing masks said they were tired of the communist system, of dollar stores used to sell scarce goods, and lack of medicines. Social media is flooded with videos of the protests.
In Miami, members of a large Cuban-American community took to the streets to express their support for the protests. The state’s Republican Governor Ron de Santis wrote on Twitter: “Florida supports Cuba The people took to the streets against Havana. The Cuban dictatorship has suppressed the Cuban people for decades and is now trying to silence those who have the courage to publicly oppose its disastrous policies.”
Cuba is facing its worst economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Before that, its main supporter was the Soviet Union. The coronavirus has destroyed tourism revenues, the main source of export revenue, while stricter U.S. sanctions imposed by the Donald Trump administration have stifled the economy. So far, hopes that the Joe Biden government will relax sanctions have not materialized.
The Diaz-Canel government tried to implement limited economic reforms at the beginning of the year, depreciating the peso sharply and providing more freedom to the private sector, but these reforms had little effect in the context of a severe recession. Food and fuel shortages have worsened, and many Cubans spend hours queuing to buy basic necessities.
In April, Raul Castro Resigned from the position of general secretary of the Communist Party He is 89 years old, and this is the first time since the revolution led by his brother Fidel in 1959 that Castro has not ruled the country.
A few months after the San Isidro artist group protested the lack of freedom on the island, a carefully choreographed transition to the younger generation of leaders.A kind Rap song written earlier this year Musicians from collective dissidents subverted the Cuban revolutionary slogan “Patria o Muerte” (“Motherland or Death”) and replaced it with “Patria y Vida” (“Motherland and Life”)-some chanted on Sunday Phrase protester.