Most Shocking photos of the Massive Protests in Cuba

Most Shocking photos of the Massive Protests in Cuba

Thousands of Cubans marched this Sunday through the streets of several Cuban cities, including Havana, in an unprecedented protest against the Castro regime.
In plain clothes and uniformed, dictatorship police arrested dozens of protesters.
In plain clothes and uniformed, dictatorship police arrested dozens of protesters.

Shouting especially “Patria andd Vida”, the title of a protest song, but also “Down with the dictatorship!” and “We are not afraid”, The protesters, mostly young, marched through the capital, San Antonio de Los Baños, Güira de Melena and Alquízar, in the western province of Artemisa, and Palma Soriano in Santiago de Cuba.

Young people led protests across Cuba
Young people led protests across Cuba

“Oh, my God!” A woman is heard saying at a time when the march passes in front of her, shouting out loud “We want Freedom” and calling out insults to the head of the dictatorship Miguel Díaz-Canel.

Protesters tried to dialogue with the Police, but the order of the regime was to repress.
Protesters tried to dialogue with the Police, but the order of the regime was to repress.

San Antonio de los Baños, the first town to hit the streets, is a small rural town in the province of Artemisa, neighboring Havana. It has about 50,000 inhabitants.

Thousands of people demonstrated throughout the island and in many cases they met with supporters of the dictatorship, sent to break up the protests.
Thousands of people demonstrated throughout the island and in many cases they met with supporters of the dictatorship, sent to break up the protests.

The head of the Castro dictatorship Miguel Diaz Canel promised repression and called on the “communist revolutionaries” to fight the protesting Cubans.

“We are ready to give our lives. They have to step over our corpses if they want to face the revolution. We are ready for anything,” said Díaz Canel in statements to the Telesur network.

A young man is violently arrested in the center of the Cuban capital
A young man is violently arrested in the center of the Cuban capital

“We are not going to allow any counterrevolutionary, mercenary, sold to the US empire, to provoke destabilization,” he said. And he threatened: “There will be a revolutionary response. That is why we call on all communists to take to the streets where these provocations are going to take place and confront them decisively”.

The regime assigned hundreds of men to contain the marches.
The regime assigned hundreds of men to contain the marches.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, Cubans have been forced to stand in long lines to stock up on food, a situation that has been compounded by a severe shortage of medicines, which has generated widespread social unrest.

San Antonio de los Baños, the first town to go out, but the marches were replicated throughout the island.
San Antonio de los Baños, the first town to go out, but the marches were replicated throughout the island.

The protest occurs on a day in which Cuba registered another record number of COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, with 6,923, for a total of 238,491, and deaths, with 47 (1,537).

“These are alarming figures, which are increasing by the day,” said Francisco Durán, the head of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, in his usual television press conference on Sunday.

The situation is especially tense in the tourist province of Matanzas, located 100 km east of Havana, where the high number of infections can cause health services to collapse.

Díaz Canel ordered the repression
Díaz Canel ordered the repression

Under the labels #SOSCuba ”, #SOSMatanzas” or #SalvemosCuba ”, among others, calls for help are multiplying on social networks, but also calls for the government to facilitate the sending of donations from abroad.

“Mundo Cuba needs your help!” The famous duo Gente de Zona, made up of reggaeton players Randy Malcom and Alexander Delgado, claimed on Twitter.

The call of “SOS Cuba” by Gente de Zona was shared on that social network by other renowned artists of the region such as Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Natti Natasha, and the singer René Pérez (Resident of Calle 13), among others.

This is the largest anti-government protest that has been registered on the island since the so-called “maleconazo”, when in August 1994, in the middle of the “special period”, hundreds of people took to the streets of Havana and did not leave until the arrival of the then Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

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