Havana (AP) — Cuba’s situation calms down less than a week after a series of rare anti-government protests were disbanded by police and government sympathizers and self-criticism was drawn from President Miguel Diaz Cannell I can see. But many wonder how long it will be. On Friday, squares and parks were occupied by flag-raising government
Havana (AP) — Cuba’s situation calms down less than a week after a series of rare anti-government protests were disbanded by police and government sympathizers and self-criticism was drawn from President Miguel Diaz Cannell I can see. But many wonder how long it will be.
On Friday, squares and parks were occupied by flag-raising government sympathizers, normalizing traffic and people circulation. However, the mobile internet data services that authorities cut on Sunday remained limited.
“There is political and social erosion … there is a lot of disgust. We have to talk more, do more, and what was done wrong should be corrected,” said 50. Said Abel Alba, a civil engineer. “The president tried to make things go a little smoother,” but waited “too long” to listen to the demands of the people on the street.
Protests began on Sunday, with thousands of Cubans marching on the Malecon promenade and elsewhere in Havana, protesting food and drug shortages, power outages, and even those seeking political change. Protests continued in small numbers until Monday and Tuesday.
Diaz Cannell initially pointed out US sanctions, the economic implications of the coronavirus pandemic, and social media campaigns by Cuban-American groups, and responded by looking for the culprit. However, he later acknowledged some responsibility by Cuban leaders.
With this in mind, Cuban ministers allow travelers to import unlimited food and medicine, and allow people outside their hometown to urgently register Cuban supply books. Announced various measures.
“The Cuban government has just shown that it may have been able to allow food and medicines to enter the country without quantity restrictions or tariffs, but has chosen not to do so for more than a year in the pandemic,” said Independent Director Jose.・ Jasan Nieves writes. Digital newspaper, El Toque. “People twisted their arms.”
Authorities have reiterated their intention to operate small and medium-sized enterprises as a source of employment and to terminate the approval of programs for state-owned enterprises to pay more than their current salary scale.
Officials have also revealed that they are willing to make changes to the island’s political model.
Street vendor Marlén Rodríguez, 66, was not optimistic following the government’s announcement. “There is no medicine, no food, no food.”
According to Diaz Cannell, four sectors were involved in the protest. U.S. radical supporters waving the country’s flag during protests and demanding humanitarian intervention from Washington, criminal groups using the situation to plunder, people truly impact the crisis on their daily lives and society Desperate for young people who are not doing projects in.
The march became violent as police clashed with protesters, police cars were destroyed, shops were looted, windows were broken, stones were thrown, and violent arrests and injuries occurred.
Some Cubans were upset by the vandalism, and a group of government supporters went out into the streets to clash with protesters.
“While we were up, they were coming down Calzada de San Miguel (Delpadron). We tried to persuade them, but these comrades were violent and stoned us. “I threw it,” said Julio Cesar Perez, a Communist Party employee and an employee of the Ministry of Construction. He said some members of his group were injured in the brawl.
The exact number of people arrested after one government opponent died in protests is unknown. Government opposition says it’s over 100 on social media.
On Friday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called for the release of protesters.
The measures announced by the government are “positive, but inadequate,” said Cuban economist Omar Everleny Perez.
“There is plenty of space for the state to take action without affecting ideology,” he said, allowing private entrepreneurs to import goods without going through state monopoly, foreign companies retailing. For agricultural prices to increase supply, said it would allow markets to be set up or caps raised.
However, political analysts said the economic challenges were significant.
“I think the government is just trying to tell people that they understand their despair and that they are trying to mitigate some of the misery they are experiencing. The problem is that the government is trying to mitigate it. There aren’t many ways of resources that can be spent doing this, “said William Leo Grande, a Cuban expert at American University in the United States.
Leo Grande said Caribbean nations have returned to the agenda of US President Joe Biden due to Cuban unrest and the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise.
“There is no doubt that the demonstrations in Cuba and the assassination of President Haiti and the consequent anxieties have made the Caribbean the most important issue in President Biden’s foreign policy, much longer.” It was. “What the administration does in Cuba is still very clear.”