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”.
I have lived in Cuba for nine years and the scenes we saw today were stunning. The protests spread more quickly than anyone could have imagined. I donât know what tomorrow will bring but the level of discontent and anger isnât going anywhere. pic.twitter.com/K8LZyuBY1R
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.