Cuba: Thousands take to the streets to demand end of dictatorship

Source: Miami Herald

“In an unprecedented display of anger and frustration, thousands of people took to the streets Sunday in several cities and towns in Cuba, including Havana, to call for the end of the decades-old dictatorship and demand food and vaccines as shortages of basic necessities have reached crisis proportions and COVID-19 cases have soared. From the Malecon, Havana’s famous seawall near the old city, to small towns in Artemisa province and Palma Soriano, the second-largest city in Santiago de Cuba province, videos live-streamed on Facebook showed thousands of people walking and riding bikes and motorcycles along streets while chanting ‘Freedom!’ ‘Down with Communism!’ and ‘Patria y Vida’ — Homeland and Life …. In an impromptu televised address later in the afternoon, [president Miguel] Diaz-Canel blamed the protests on U.S. efforts to tighten the embargo, with the alleged intention to ‘provoke a social uprising’ that would justify a military intervention.” (07/11/21)