- Mikuláš Vochozka
FREE CUBA - Protests in Cuba Calling for Freedom are Biggest in Decades
According to Cubalex, more than a hundred people ended up in prison after anti-government protests in Cuba, primarily activists and journalists. On Sunday, there were thousands of people on the streets calling for freedom in Cuba and the fall of the communist government.
The protests that took place on Sunday, July 11 had no formal organization. People learned about the event over the Internet and began meeting in downtown Havana after a few hours. Then the government cut off the internet, but it was already too late, as thousands of people were already on the streets
Power and internet outages in some neighborhoods continue to prevent further protests.
"The order to fight is given: revolutionaries to the streets," President Diaz-Canel said on Sunday after demonstrations broke out. Díaz-Canel is currently the chairman of the only party on the island - the Communist Party.
The Cuban president has blamed anti-government protests on the United States and its ongoing trade embargo and tougher economic sanctions imposed under former US President Donald Trump. The United States has been fighting the inhuman communist regime since the 1960s and Cuba is one of the last Communist countries to survive with their regime intact after the end of the Cold War.
Fidel Castro, who began the Communist Revolution in Cuba in the 1950’s, died in August 2016. At that time, experts began speculating on the near end of communist Cuba, because there was no personality who could maintain the regime like Fidel Castro. Five years after the dictator's death, the Cuban people have taken to the streets and have called for freedom.
"They are protesting against the crisis, the lack of food and medicine and the fact that you have to buy everything in foreign currency shops. The list is long," Claudia Perez, a protester, told Reuters.
"Nearly all my friends are without the internet and we don't know where many of them are." said Alfredo Martínez Ramírez to BBC, an activist in Havana.
More information about the continuing protests in Cuba will be provided by the Millennial Agora as the situation changes.