Anti-government protests break out in Cuba

13:24, 12 July 2021
Anti-government protests break out in Cuba Photo: Artur Widak/Global Look Press

As Cuba enters its toughest phase of the virus crisis thousands of Cubans fill the streets to express their boiling discontent with the government.

Despite protests being a rare phenomenon in Cuba, people are assembling and going out in a protest chanting slogans such as “down with the dictatorship” and “we want liberty”. 

Tired from the economic crisis, Cubans are voicing their will to banish the communist government which according to the protestors handled the pandemic in a poor way.

Protestors in the city of Cardenas were documented flipping a car of a high-ranking government communist official.

The protests are believed to have started in San Antonio where people started chanting anti-government slogans, demanding lifting up Covid restrictions and dealing with power cuts.

The president of the country Miguel Díaz-Canel made an emergency call to  nation on national television where he named the protests as a manipulation and said: 

“We will not allow anyone to manipulate our situation. The order for combat has been given, revolutionaries to the streets.”

Following the call of the president, many pro-governmental Cubans started to form their own marches. Chanting their will to protect the revolution from the imperialists while holding the portraits of Fidel Castro.