The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez, has denied that the protests in Cuba were a “social outbreak” and has assured that they were “disorder, vandalism, violence and unrest“just as he has accused the US Government of being involved in the protests.
“There was no social outbreak in Cuba, due to the support of our people for the Revolution and its Government,” he declared at a press conference, attributing the internet blackout and from mobile phone throughout the island to the financial problems that his country is experiencing.
It has also accused the United States Government of financially participating in these disturbances and, therefore, of being responsible for the incidents that have occurred. “I warn the US Government that its irresponsible behavior can have serious consequences that damage the interest of both countries,” he said.
In this sense, it has been referred that “To ask for a humanitarian intervention in Cuba is to ask for a US military intervention” and he has assured that the North American country “took advantage of the pandemic to opportunistically intensify sanctions against Cuba.”
“If the president of the United States, Joe Biden, had any sincere concern for the Cuban people, he could make executive decisions that would ease the blockade,” he said.
219 arrested / disappeared
Meanwhile, family and friends are looking for the detainees in the demonstrations and there is already one dead.
Those arrested number more than 150, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), and activists denounce that Sunday’s arrests have been joined by other opponents, activists, and independent journalists in the following days. The Government has not given official figures while the ‘Cuba decides’ initiative has reported that at least 219 people have been arrested and / or are missing in Cuba.
Among the detainees is the well-known influence Y youtuber Cuban Dina Stars, who was arrested while conducting a live interview for Cuatro.
The authorities have confirmed this Tuesday the first dead During the protests, a 36-year-old citizen who died during a confrontation with agents in the Güinera Popular Council of the Arroyo Naranjo municipality, a marginal neighborhood in southern Havana where residents took to the streets shouting “freedom.” , as shown by videos broadcast on the networks.
In addition to the deceased, several people were arrested and others suffered injuries, among them agents of the authority, in the event of Güinera, which the Government attributed to an act of vandalism of the group of neighbors, whom it accused of attacking the police first.
The disinformation in Cuba is not limited to the whereabouts of those arrested but to everything related to the social outbreak on the island, since the authorities have cut mobile internet service and hardly anyone in Cuba can afford a wi-fi connection.
The internet blackout is causing a halt in part of the country’s activities, which became online for the pandemic. “Without connection we can’t work these days, we are going to see what happens, “a professor at a Havana university where classes and other activities have been virtual for months told Efe.