Cuba Doesn’t Know How to Handle the New Protests

Source: Foreign Policy
by James Bloodworth

“For seasoned Cuba watchers, it has been a remarkable couple of days. For the first time since the mid-1990s, mass protests have rocked the communist-run island. Now, like then, the main sources of discontent are food shortages, government repression, and a stagnant economy. But 1994, the last time Cuba witnessed anything like this, Cuba was at the height of the so-called ‘special period.’ The country was ravaged by shortages following the collapse of its benefactor, the Soviet Union. When the USSR fell, around a third of Cuba’s GDP disappeared almost overnight. Rolling blackouts became the norm, and food was hard to find. Protests back then were much smaller, however, and consisted of several hundred demonstrators in Havana. This time around, the economic crisis isn’t quite as catastrophic, but the protests are both bigger and more threatening to the communist government.” (07/13/21)