A crowd waiting in line for food on Saturday in communist Cuba rebelled against police when officers brutally assaulted a pregnant woman and threw her to the ground. Police then responded with more violence.
Dozens of Cubans on Saturday turned against the police in Managua, located in the Arroyo Naranjo neighborhood of Havana, after one of the agents presumably attacked a pregnant woman standing in line for food.
Reports and videos posted on Facebook indicate the police were responding to a fight that had broken out and attacked the pregnant woman knocking her down to the floor.
In the group “Las Guasimas.ManaguaCuba,” eyewitness accounts say the police officer in fact “started spraying pepper spray and took out his gun,” and that’s when the people jumped him and he had to call for reinforcements.
Young Cubans in the crowd responded to the police violence by pounding on the police cars. In one of the videos, an adolescent is seen being attacked by two police officers who brutally throw him down to the sidewalk as the crowd was yelling at them.
Women in the crowd tried to stop them, but the violence continued to escalate. Images show that at least five police cars responded to the incident.
One of the reports from the scene says the pregnant woman was injured and had to be taken to a hospital where she was being treated.
Part of the incident was captured on video and uploaded to social media. In this clip, you can see the police assaulting a minor and viciously throwing him to the ground like a rag doll:
Since July 11 of last year, Cuba has become a tinderbox that can explode at any moment with just one wayward spark.