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Starved and Without Electricity, Hundreds of Cubans Nationwide Take to the Streets Chanting ‘Freedom’

On Sunday, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo to protest the country’s power outages, severe food shortages and complete lack of political rights under communism.

Peaceful demonstrators shouted “electricity and food”, “homeland and life” and “freedom”, demanding an end to the inhumane living conditions that communism and the Castro regime continue to impose on them. They reportedly began gathering on Sunday afternoon. . The protests are reportedly It was started by a group of women and their children.

Cuba’s economic situation has significantly deteriorated over the past decade, with more than 60 years of communist rule leaving the country and its infrastructure in complete disrepair. worst Economic and immigration crises in the country’s history.

Power outages, which can last up to 20 hours a day, have long plagued Cubans, but have worsened dramatically in recent weeks. Castro regime officials acknowledged over the weekend that much of the country was enduring power outages “for almost the entire day.” Daily power outages now include the capital Havana, which had previously been spared the worst consequences of the government’s failure to maintain the power grid. Similarly, food shortages and rising inflation are increasing hunger in the country.

Peaceful protests Sunday afternoon began in the streets of eastern Santiago de Cuba and spread to other areas as the day progressed.

As the protests continued in Santiago, Beatriz Johnson, secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, arrived at the venue and tried to placate the protesters who had made their demands known. Her protesters continued to chant at her, saying they didn’t want to hear any excuses and demanded her freedom.

🚨🚨🚨🇺🇺🇺ASAP! ULTIMA HOLA! DIRIGENTES COMUNISTAS SE SUBEN A UNA PLACA CON UNA BOCINA EN SANTIAGO DE CUBA A DAR EXPLICACIONES A UN PUEBLO HAMBRIENTO Y CANSADO. LO PRIMERO QUE DICE LA SEÑORA DEL PCC ES: “USTEDES PIDEN CORRIENTE Y COMIDA VERDAD??” ELLOS TIENEN Q U.E. PEDIR QUE TODOS USTEDES SE VAYAN YA! ESO ES LO QUE HAY QUE PEDIR PUEBLO DE CUBA: FIN DEL COMUNISMO PARA QUE LLEGUE LA PROSPERIDAD!

Contributor woody alguacil cubano Sunday, March 17, 2024

In another video smuggled out of the country, demonstrators appear to interrupt speeches by plainclothes Communist Party officials with chants demanding power and food. Administration officials tried to silence the crowd, but had little success.

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Contributor Yosmany Maeta Labrada Sunday, March 17, 2024

Anonymous Cuban National Said The Associated Press reported Sunday that Castro’s government had disrupted internet service in the region as videos of the protests began to leak on social media.Other sources of information Confirmed Internet service may be disrupted throughout the day.

The protests continued past midnight and spread to other locations, including Bayamo, where protesters gathered. report A “visibly strong” police presence. The news agency Cubanet denounced multiple reports of police violence. picture Posts on social media showed police beating and arresting several people who were fleeing to avoid arrest.

Madrid-based outlet Diario de Cuba report The protests are said to have spread to other areas such as Aguero, La Barca de Oro and El Salado, where protests were held a few days ago.

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the figurehead of the Castro regime, addressed the protests in a series of social media posts Sunday night. Post In it, he claimed that the protests were incited by “U.S.-based terrorists,” while again blaming Cuba’s instability and problems on limited U.S. sanctions against Cuba’s communist elite. He accused it of being.

“Several people have expressed dissatisfaction with the situation with electricity supply and food distribution,” Diaz-Canel’s message said. “This situation is being exploited by the enemies of the revolution for destabilizing purposes.”

“In the past few hours, we have seen how the U.S.-based terrorists we have repeatedly denounced are encouraging actions contrary to our domestic order,” he continued.

Diaz-Canel reinforced his accusations through two social media outlets. Post It was released early Monday morning.

“Yesterday, a notorious troupe wanted to dance with the suffering of the Cuban people. A network of mediocre politicians and terrorists lined up from South Florida and took to the streets of Cuba with interventionist messages and calls for chaos. ,” Diaz-Canel’s message read. “They were left with their hopes unfulfilled.”

“We will never tire of fighting the genocidal blockade.” [limited American sanctions on communist elites] They did not explain to the public the cause of the problem or the government’s efforts to move the economy forward,” he continued in another post. “Together, we are stronger.”

US Embassy in Cuba issued In a short social media post Sunday night, he called on the Castro government to respect the human rights of protesters and respond to their legitimate needs.

Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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