Anti-government protests erupted in Cuba this week over lack of access to food and basic medical supplies Corona virus cases are on the rise.
The country has suffered from massive inflation and prolonged blackouts as long-standing US sanctions restricting access to basic commodities and finance have increased, and decades of government corruption and mismanagement, exacerbated by decline in tourism during the pandemic.
The protests began on Sunday and quickly spread across the country as thousands of Cubans are frustrated by hunger and a lack of basic supplies. A protester in Iraq shouted: “Our children are dying of hunger.” Post a video on Facebook. else Video on Twitter It appears to show protesters calling for “regime change”.
The protests are the largest in recent memory, and government forces that are usually quick to quell demonstrations, Struggle at first to retain control. Some musiciansWho together with the artists faced oppression To speak out, he also made statements in support of the protesters.
Intermittent internet shutdowns, harassment and Journalists arrested made it difficult to verify events on the ground; However, photos and videos surfaced showing uniformed and plainclothes officers beating protesters with batons and Looks like he’s shooting they have. at most kill one person, AI said so at least 150 Others have been reported missing and may have been arrested.
While the government seems to have softened her stance To some extent, raising the tax on importing goods to the island, may not be enough to quell the protests. “No, we don’t want crumbs. We want freedom. There was no blood in the Cuban streets so we could import more bags”, chirp Blogger and government critic Yoanni Sanchez.