The cries of freedom broke out again in the Cuban night. "Long live Cuba Libre!", "Homeland and life!" and "We want food, we don't want more speeches!", slogans already used during the social rebellion of 11J 2021 and during the summer of protests last year, were once again heard at the top of their lungs in Caimanera, an eastern municipality located next to the base Guantanamo Navy. Hundreds of people took to the streets while recording videos that were immediately uploaded to social networks or broadcast live on Facebook to once again demonstrate the discomfort that Cuban society is experiencing in the midst of hardships.
Even three men ("the three heroes", as they were called by some young women present with typical Caribbean humor) dared to climb the stairs of the local headquarters of the all-powerful Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) to repeat their cries of protest.
Immediately, the Castro regime applied its usual information siege, which includes cutting off Internet and mobile phone service, fearful that the prevailing malaise would spread to other parts of the island, as happened during the historic 9/11. In recent days, State Security agents have been on high alert due to the worsening of the social and economic crisis, caused by the shortage of fuel and the lack of food, which has forced the government to ration chicken during May, to which only those under 13 years of age and sick people have access.
"Reports reach us that Internet access has been cut off at the protest site and in other parts of the country. This, alarmingly, we know is the prelude to the repressive storm exerted by Miguel Díaz-Canel and his violent forces to punish the Cuban people," warned Erika Guevara-Rosas, director for the Americas at Amnesty International (AI).
"We demand from the PCC the political, economic and social changes that the country needs. Repression cannot be the answer to the current desperate situation," added the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights.
Cubans suffer once again from the extreme hardening of their living conditions, which are already deplorable. The shortage of gasoline even caused the suspension of the celebration of May Day in the Plaza de la Revolución, the main propaganda act of the government. More than half a million of its citizens have fled the island since 9/11, in what has already become the main migratory crisis in its history, surpassing the Mariel exodus (1980) and the escape of the rafters (1994). ).
The sum of setbacks for the government also occurs when only 17 days have passed since the National Assembly of People's Power acclaimed Díaz-Canel, according to the revolutionary script, and gave its approval at the beginning of his second term. The president attributed the energy crisis to the breaches of his allies (Venezuela and Russia, without citing them) in their oil shipments to the island. Three important leaders of the Kremlin, including Vladimir Putin's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, have visited Havana these days.
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