Cuba has once again staged popular demonstrations this Friday, in the streets of Pinar del Rio, 160 kilometers west of Havana. The lack of electricity for more than 12 hours, food shortages and precarious living conditions are said to have been the trigger for this new outburst.
People chanted the slogans "Down with communism", "I am hungry" and "Díaz Canel Singao" at the gates of government and police headquarters. The rallies come just days after the first anniversary of the massive protests that shook Cuba on July 11, 2021. The demonstrations shook some 50 localities, leaving one person dead and more than 1,300 arrests, according to the NGO Cubalex. Last year's anti-government protests were the largest in decades on the island, with people chanting "We are hungry!" and "Freedom!".
This new uprising was centered in Los Palacios, one of the eleven municipalities in Pinar del Rio Province.
Activists and users have shared on social networks images of the protests against the Castro dictatorship.
URGENTE: Protestas en Cuba, la gente en Pinar del Rio se tiró a las calles, tras más de 11 horas de apagones. Ya llevaban varias semanas sin luz. El régimen acaba de tumbar el internet en toda la zona, junto a las demás telecomunicaciones. pic.twitter.com/D6tQiuW0rW
— Agustín Antonetti (@agusantonetti) July 15, 2022
Cubans continue to resist the leftist regime presided over by Miguel Díaz-Canel. The inhabitants of the island live under repression and any uprising is repelled by the military and police apparatus of the government that controls everything.
Videos of the spontaneous rallies have quickly gone viral.
AHORA 🔥 Se calentó Pinar del Río. 🔥 Tumultuaria protesta contra DÍAZ-CANEL en medio de un apagón en Los Palacios, Pinar del Río. Caminaron hasta la oficina del Partido Comunista y ahí están ahora. #EnDesarrollo 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/w9XflhkroV
— Yusnaby Pérez (@Yusnaby) July 15, 2022