Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

‘Down With Dictatorship’: Thousands of Cubans Demonstrate Against Communist Regime

This could be a color-coded revolution, a spontaneous uprising, or a combination of both.

By Jack Phillips Epoch Times

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets on Sunday in a number of cities to protest against human rights abuses, a lack of freedom, and a worsening economic situation in the communist-ruled country.

Videos uploaded to social media appear to show demonstrations in a number of towns and cities, including the capital, Havana, on Sunday. Protesters, chanting in Spanish, said they “weren’t afraid” of the regime led by Miguel Diaz Canel, and said they wanted access to COVID-19 vaccines and an end to the regime.

It comes amid reports of gas, electricity, and vaccine shortages across the Caribbean island nation. Some analysts noted online that Sunday’s demonstrations are the first time that so many had protested the government since the Maleconazo uprising in 1994, which prompted a number of Cubans to leave the country by boat to the U.S.

Shouts of “down with the dictatorship,” “freedom,” and “homeland and life” were also heard during the demonstrations, according to footage uploaded online.

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  1. Part of the ‘blame’ for this may be ignored in these reports. For the last 20 years, Venezuela has been artificially been buoyed-up by shipments of Venezuelan oil, sent for ideological reasons. This kept Cuba looking artifically prosperous. Over time, Chavez and later Maduro mismanaged the Venezuelan economy into the toilet, so Venezuela gradually became less able to help out Cuba.
    Thus, over time this has put pressure on Cuban people.

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