Thousands march against the regime in a fierce insurrection in Cuba: ‘We are not afraid!’
For the first time in decades, THOUSANDS of Cubans flocked to the streets to oppose the country’s dictatorship.
Cubans protested for the first time in 1994 against high prices, food shortages, an economic crisis, and a lack of freedom. Unauthorized public gatherings are banned in Cuba, and protests are uncommon; according to local news and opposition sources, about 100 individuals have already been arrested.
Protesters around the country began marching against President Dáz-dictatorship Canel’s on Sunday.
On Sunday, marchers at the San Antonio de los Baos municipality, Artemisa province, chanted “Freedom!” “Homeland and Life!” “Down with the Dictatorship!” “We are not frightened!” and “Daz-Canel, bastard!”
Demonstrators streamed the protest live on social media as they marched through the city’s principal streets in front of scores of National Revolutionary Police and State Security officers.
The military’s Rapid Response Brigades were dispatched in response, and tear gas was fired on the protestors.
Residents in Havana and in the country’s east, in the province of Santiago de Cuba’s Palma Soriano, also demonstrated.
The state-owned telecommunications firm Etecsa, according to internet monitoring site Netblocks, has blocked social networking sites.
On Monday, the Cuban authorities vowed there would be no more protests, according to CNN’s Patrick Oppmann.
He went on to say that it’s “difficult to tell what the real picture is across the island” since “much of Cuba remains cut off from the internet.”
Cubalex, a legal aid organization, estimates that over 100 people were arrested on Sunday.
As the government grapples with several crises, Cubans have stated that there is “no freedom” in the country.
In the three days leading up to July 13, Cuba recorded the largest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths since the outbreak began, with 6,400 cases.
Infections and deaths peaked on July 12 with 6,923 cases and 47 deaths.
Cubans inside and outside the island have begun the “SOS Cuba” campaign, requesting medical assistance.
The pandemic has also wreaked havoc on Cuba’s tourism economy, which is its primary source of revenue.
Cuba’s health crisis comes as the country’s economic position deteriorates, with long lines at markets for food (which helps the virus spread) and other basic necessities, inflation, a scarcity of medicines, and protracted power outages.
In reaction to the protests, President Miguel Dáz-Canel convened a four-hour press conference. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”