Anti-government protests have erupted in Cuba this week amid a rise in Kovid cases over the lack of food and basic medical supplies.
The country is suffering from massive inflation and long-term blackouts because of long-term U.S. sanctions that limit access to basic goods and finances, and decades of government corruption and mismanagement exacerbated by declining tourism during the epidemic.
Protests began on Sunday and spread rapidly across the country as thousands of Cubans became frustrated with hunger and a crisis over basic supplies. “Our children are starving,” one protester shouted in a video posted on Facebook. Another Video on Twitter Protesters were seen calling for a “system change”.
Demonstrations are the largest in recent memory and government forces, which are usually quick to suppress protests, initially struggle to maintain control. Some musicians, who have faced repression for talking to artists, have also made statements in support of the protesters.
Uninterrupted internet shutdowns and harassment and harassment of journalists have made it difficult to verify incidents on the ground; However, photos and videos showed uniformed and plainclothes officers beating protesters with sticks and Seen to shoot Towards them. At least one person has been killed, and Amnesty International says at least 150 more are missing and could be detained.
While the government appears to have softened its stance somewhat, lifting taxes on imports of goods to the island may not be enough to quell the protests. “No, we don’t want pieces. We want freedom. There was no blood on the streets of Cuba to be able to import some more suitcases. ” Tweeted Blogger and government critic Yano Sanchez.