Thursday, May 19

Protests in Cuba: 3 keys to understanding the demonstrations on the island, the largest in decades

  • Lioman Lima – @liomanlima
  • BBC News World

Protest in Havana against the government of Cuba

Image source, Reuters


According to a protester from San Antonio de los Baños to BBC Mundo, the initial protest was organized on Saturday through social networks for this Sunday at 11:30 AM (local time).

Cuba experienced the largest massive protest in its recent history this Sunday.

For the first time in more than 60 years, thousands of people took to the streets in some twenty towns and cities across the island shouting “freedom” and “down with the dictatorship.”

Given the spread of the demonstrations, President Miguel Díaz-Canel appeared before national television to summon his followers to take to the streets to “confront” the protesters.

“The order of combat is given: the revolutionaries take to the streets,” said the president, who attributed the current crisis that the island is experiencing to the United States embargo and measures by the Donald Trump government.

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