They restore mobile internet in Cuba, but without access to social networks

They restore mobile internet in Cuba, but without access to social networks

The mobile internet service was restored this Wednesday morning in Cuba, after three days of interruption after the historic protests on Sunday. But it was impossible to access social networks and instant messaging applications with mobile data, AFP found.

Through 3G or 4G technologies, access to WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, among others, was still blocked.

“It is true that there is a lack of mobile data, but there is a lack of medicines too,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez responded on Tuesday when asked about this issue.

Rodríguez accused United States to carry out a campaign on Twitter, through the hashtag #SOSCuba, to incite social unrest on the island.

Washington on Tuesday called for the rapid reestablishment of “all media, digital and non-digital”.

“Closing access to technology, closing information channels, that does nothing to respond to the needs and legitimate aspirations of the Cuban people,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

On Wednesday, calm reigned in the streets of Havana, but the police and military presence was considerably reinforced around the Capitol, the seat of Parliament, an AFP journalist confirmed.

In the area, through which thousands of Cubans marched on Sunday shouting “we are hungry” and “down with the dictatorship,” several trucks and police patrols were parked. New calls to demonstrate in the Capitol area circulated on social media Tuesday.

A man died and more than a hundred people were arrested during the demonstrations on Sunday and Monday against the communist government, which denies “a social outbreak” amid criticism from Washington.

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