Havana registered this Saturday another protest over the lack of electricity, four days after the passage of Hurricane Ian.
The concentration, with more than a hundred people, took place between 23rd and F streets, in the Vedado neighborhood, one of the points where the power has not yet returned.
According to Efe, the group was protesting against the continuous blackout they have been suffering since last Tuesday and its consequences early in the evening, surrounded by a large number of police and state security agents.
Among the demonstrators, they shouted "Freedom, freedom!" on several occasions and also slogans against members of the Cuban regime, which caused most of the group to physically distance themselves from them.
Then a third group formed in front, clearly pro-government, which began to shout cheers for the country's dictator, Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Both groups shouted for a while without the police intervening or any notable incident between them, although there were moments of tension.
This is the fourth consecutive night of spontaneous protests in Havana due to the lack of electricity, a consequence of the total blackout suffered by all of Cuba due to the passage of Ian.
In previous days the demonstrations, ranging from pots and pans to roadblocks and sit-ins, took place mainly in poor neighborhoods of the capital, with the blackouts as the main demand.
On Thursday and Friday, the almost total blockage of Internet traffic from Cuba from late in the afternoon until the early morning hours was also detected, according to several specialized platforms.
The regime did not report this incident. Activists argued that this was an attempt to silence the demonstrations and prevent them from spreading with the help of the networks.
Hurricane Ian crossed the western tip of Cuba from south to north on Tuesday, with heavy rains and winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour, leaving so far three dead and extensive material damage.
Due to issues not yet fully clarified, the passage of the hurricane generated an imbalance in the national electricity system that ended up causing a moment of "zero generation" of electricity, a total blackout in the country.
(With information from EFE)
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