The number of detainees in the protests last Sunday in Cuba remains unclear, while the Government adopts the first emergency measures to face the severe crisis that mobilized thousands of citizens to demonstrate in the streets.
Although government authorities have confirmed that there are people arrested for their participation in the protests and riots that took place in different parts of the Cuban geography on Sunday and to a lesser degree on Monday, They have not yet specified figures on the number of people deprived of liberty.
Some international organizations and activists have published lists on social media that quantify the detainees by the hundreds based on the events of recent days on the island, where no new incidents have been reported but a visible police presence is maintained in public spaces.
Thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday – and to a lesser extent on Monday – in various Cuban towns to demonstrate against food and medicine shortages, electricity cuts and the controversial currency stores that emerged in the midst of the serious economic and health crisis that the country is going through.
This Thursday, the Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez, denounced that the protests last Sunday on the island were generated from a “political-media” operation from the United States, during a virtual exchange with like-minded Latin American politicians and diplomats.
The former presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales; from Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; and from Colombia, Ernesto Samper; as well as the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcenas, among others, participated in the teleconference with the Cuban Foreign Minister.
The head of Havana diplomacy assured his interlocutors that in Cuba “there has been no social outbreak, expected by the United States “and that neither” the people joined in the call for a general strike in the country, “according to a note from the island’s Foreign Ministry.
He also thanked his country for expressions of support, as well as the rejection of the economic and commercial embargo policy maintained by the US Government towards Cuba.
The Latin American left closes ranks
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales (2006-2019) considered that “any other country would have surrendered” facing the sanctions of the embargo applied by Washington and urged US President Joe Biden to listen to the voices calling for the lifting of this measure.
Likewise, the former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016) sent a message of support to Cuba and its Government and condemned the “blockade” (referring to the US embargo) against the Cuban people.
For his part, the former ruler of Colombia, Ernesto Samper, (1994-1998) reflected on the recent national strike that shook your country and it resulted in more than 70 dead and 400 missing persons.
In that sense, Samper said that the same actors on the Colombian right who asked so that the protagonists of this strike were repressed now they demand that the violent protesters in Cuba not be confronted, where they considered that a “digital intervention” has been carried out.
From Mexico, the Undersecretary of Foreign Relations, Maximiliano Reyes, reiterated the government support of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and recalled the communications that Mexican and Cuban officials have had in recent days.
No social media
Meanwhile, in the country the daily routine continues its course, people go to work, continue to queue for long hours in stores to buy food and they are still waiting for the internet to be restored on their mobile phones.
This Thursday most of the social networks and messaging platforms remained blocked in the mobile data service in Cuba, four days after the unprecedented demonstrations on Sunday
It is only possible until an hour to access the network in public parks that offer Wi-Fi wireless connection or through the Nauta-Hogar and ADSL services at homes, a service that many Cubans still cannot afford due to its high cost.
Experts, and also many ordinary Cubans, believe that the authorities have cut the internet to prevent networks from helping reoccurrence of incidents that in some places they became violent when confronted by protesters and government supporters.