CUBA - Following the passage of Hurricane Ian, electricity service was interrupted on the island of Cuba. As a result of the government's inability to solve the problem, there have been four days of protests
in the streets.
People are protesting the consequences of the blackout in many neighborhoods of Havana where service has not been restored. In their demonstration they shout slogans such as "Freedom, freedom!"
The demands shouted by the people are against the Cuban regime. Although the most affected have been the poorest neighborhoods, most of the inhabitants do not have electricity, despite the fact that 5 days have passed since the incident
Ian left a lot of damage to the island's infrastructure, as well as three deaths. There is also no running water and
many of the food and fuel stores remain closed.
Violent repression: beatings and internet blocking
In the previous days, protests took place in the areas of Camagüey, Batabanó and in marginalized neighborhoods of Havana . On Thursday and Friday an Internet blockade
was detected on the island, as a measure to silence the protests and prevent their dissemination.
The security forces attacked the demonstrators with blows
. Testimonies of people injured during the government's repression are circulating in social networks, such as the case of Adrián Cruz.
Cruz narrated episodes of violence against demonstrators, including against young teenagers. He also expressed that many people have been detained
, among them his girlfriend, Alma Poet.
Military dressed as civilians
Videos and testimonies have been disseminated denouncing the presenceof public security elements who, dressed as civilians
but armed with sticks, sneak into the protests and attack the demonstrators. Social activist groups have called on the Cuban regime to stop the acts of repression. Amnesty International, as has the United States, called for respect for the right to peaceful protest. In turn, the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights asked the European Union to impose sanctions and avoid "a bloodbath" on the island. You may be interested in: Marco Rubio criticizes prisoner exchange between the US and Venezuela