MIAMI Demonstrations in Cuba continued after protesters took to the streets of more than a dozen cities on Sunday to demand change. They said the 62-year-old communist authoritarian political system’s inability to cope with public health and the economic crisis had led to lives lost. There is a shortage of food, medicine and COVID-19 vaccines.
#PatriaOVida political movement against communist and socialist propaganda promoted #SOSCuba in a plea for help that they hoped would reach the international community. Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel responded Monday morning by saying that the “Cuban-American mafia” had paid “influencers”.
Díaz-Canel did not name the Lebanese-American Sarah Joe Chamoun, better known as porn star Mia Khalifa. He said it looked like “a certain artist with certain qualities” was “pressured” to say he was a tyrant. In tweets directed at his account, she threw insulting investigators at him.
“This government is not afraid. We are full of energy, we are full of enthusiasm even if it hurts … It is difficult what we are going through, but we are convinced that we will face it and we will win, “said Díaz-Canel on Spanish. .
Witnesses said Cuban police officers in civilian clothes looked at protesters. Some were armed with baseball bats. Protesters said Cuban authorities also caused internet disruptions to prevent videos and photos of the historic protests from being distributed around the world.
Opposition activists say COVID-19 patients die at home without treatment because hospitals are overwhelmed. During the press conference on Monday, an official admitted to having challenges with hospital capacity. They report 6,750 cases of coronavirus and 31 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Díaz-Canel said his administration was honest and persistent when officials provided reports to Cuban government media on Monday. A Cuban economist said the island, like many other countries around the world, was not prepared for the pandemic.
Others at the press conference said the pandemic exacerbated the effects of the “US blockade.” The difficulties, Díaz-Canel said, came just as the island was feeling the effects of former President Donald Trump’s sanctions. Some Cuban officials said during the press conference that enforcing the US embargo during the pandemic is “genocide.”
A public health official spied on researchers on the island, developed several COVID vaccines, including Abdala with three shots. The Mambisa and Soberanas vaccines are still under development, and there is an ongoing study in Camaguey, a Cuban official said during the press conference.
Protesters in Havana did not share the pride of the Cuban governments’ health personnel. The witness’ videos show that there was vandalism against the police during the historic demonstration of dissatisfaction. Protesters gathered in front of Cuba’s Communist Party headquarters where the Associated Press reported that officers arrested around 20 protesters. Officials asked Cubans who support the government to take to the streets and “fight”.
The people of Cuba bravely continue to express their longing for freedom in the face of oppression.
We ask the Cuban authorities to:
Refrain from violence.
Listen to the demands of the citizens.
Respect the rights of protesters and journalists.
The Cuban people have been waiting long enough for ¡Libertad!
– Julie Chung (@WHAAsstSecty) July 12, 2021
President Joe Biden released a Monday statement accuses the regime of corruption.
“The United States urges the Cuban regime to listen to its people and serve their needs in this important moment instead of enriching itself.”
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