The world has set its eyes on Cuba in the last hours. Something unprecedented has happened there in recent decades: thousands of Cubans have taken to the streets of a dozen cities to demand freedom, medicines and the end of the dictatorship. They have done it loudly and in broad daylight, without fear of repression, which arrived, as expected, but the message was already on social networks (despite the internet cutoff and WhatsApp blocking) and it spread to All the island. Cuba is facing a severe economic crisis that has worsened with the third wave of the pandemic, which has not been stopped, and whose numbers of infections and deaths have reached their highest point this weekend
At dusk this Sunday, after several hours of marches and protests throughout the country, the State security forces came out to silence them, and President Miguel Díaz-Canel himself, surprised by the unexpected outburst of protests (only comparable to what which happened in 1994 with the ‘maleconazo’), he used television to send a message, a threat, calling for civil conflict.
The mobilization filled with hope, while Díaz-Canel’s message triggered the alarm in the international community. Thus, the Acting Undersecretary for the Western Hemisphere of the United States Department of State, Julie Chung, He showed his concern for the “calls to combat” in Cuba and defended “the right of the Cuban people to peaceful assembly. We call for calm and condemn any violence. A message that was shared by the White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, who showed the support of the United States for “freedom of expression and assembly in Cuba” and has “strongly condemned any violence or attack against peaceful protesters who exercise their universal rights.”
.@WHAAsstSecty: We are deeply concerned about the “calls to combat” in #Cuba. We advocate for the right to peaceful assembly of the Cuban people. We call for calm and condemn any type of violence. https://t.co/00SBuNMstw
– United States Embassy in Cuba (@USEmbCuba) July 11, 2021
The Republican senator also showed his alarm Marco Rubio. “I am requesting President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to ask members of the Cuban military not to fire on their own people. Cuba’s incompetent communist party cannot feed or protect people from the virus. Now the military must defend the people, not the Communist Party, “he wrote on his Twitter account.
From his Twitter account, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, recognized “the legitimate claim of Cuban society for medicines, food and fundamental freedoms.” And it condemned the dictatorial Cuban regime “for calling on civilians to repress and to confront those who exercise their rights to protest.”
For her part, the Vice President of the European Parliament for Latin American Affairs, Dita Charanzová, Very committed to what is happening in Cuba, and the promoter of the resolution that demanded the release of former politician José Daniel Ferrer in 2019, she added to this condemnation: “Cubans want change, and they have the right to ask for it peacefully. I condemn all repression by the regime against its people. Europe is with the Cubans, “he wrote this Monday on his Twitter account.
Various NGOs also echoed the events in Cuba and denounced the arbitrary arrests and repression against the protesters. “We have received complaints of arbitrary arrests of protesters and possible internet outages. Thousands of Cubans want to live better and with basic freedoms. Faced with this fair claim, it seems that, once again, Díaz-Canel is only capable of responding with repression, “he denounced. Jose Miguel Vivanco, Director for the Americas of Human Rights Watch (HRW).
For his part el Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH), based in Madrid, it blames Díaz-Canel for the violence against the Cuban people that could generate his words calling for confrontation: “Díaz-Canel has asked Cubans to come out to confront the protesters in Cuba, also Cubans. We hold Díaz Canel responsible for any act of violence that may occur after this appeal.
#diazcanel He has asked the Cubans to come out to confront the protesters in Cuba, also Cubans.
– Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (@observacuba) July 11, 2021
that has called a concentration this Monday at 1 in the afternoon in front of the CongressIt also warned about the Cuban president’s speech and made an appeal to the international community, after collecting the words of the Cuban president (“The order of combat is given, the revolutionaries take to the streets”). “We ask governments and world institutions to demand that the government of Cuba cease violence against protesters”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism