To the barricades! Cuban protesters block streets, build bonfires, defy repression

From our Bureau of Very Restless Natives with some assistance from our Bureau of Straws That Can Break a Camel’s Back

This is totally unprecedented. Never before have Cubans shown such defiance to the repressive forces of Castro, Inc., not even on July 11 of last year.

The barricades are crude, more symbolic than effective. But, to paraphrase an old proverb, tall barricades begin with one stick, and popular revolts begin with barricades.

Diario de Cuba has posted a report with links to seven videos. Loose translation below:

Hundreds of Cubans closed streets in various municipalities of Havana and banged pots and pans to demand, for the second day in a row, the restoration of electricity service, after three days of a widespread blackout that for many has not ended, although on Wednesday, September 28 The Electric Union (UNE) reported that it had begun to provide service “to part of the consumers of the 12 provinces” of the country.

Videos circulating on social media show protests and street closures in La Palma and Mantilla, communities in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality, and in the Puentes Grandes municipality.

A video published on Twitter by the journalist José Raúl Gallego reflects the moment in which a car has to turn, because the passage was blocked by a crowd. A woman complains that they have had no electricity or water since Monday, although the breakdown that caused the “zero generation” situation and consequently the blackout throughout Cuba, occurred on Tuesday, according to statements by the director of the UNE Lázaro Guerra Hernández , published on the official Cubadebate website.

In another video published by the journalist himself on the social network, children are seen blocking Pedro Nuevo street, in the Mantilla neighborhood, with branches and sticks.

For his part, the Miami-based Cuban journalist Mario Pentón posted a video on his Twitter account in which dozens of Cubans are seen blocking off a section of a street, presumably in Puentes Grandes, with garbage containers.

In the same Twitter thread, the journalist publishes another video in which hundreds of citizens are seen who, in the middle of the three-day blackout, do not demand electricity, but rather freedom.

Another video shared by the activist Félix Llerena on Twitter shows the closure of the Calzada de Bejucal, also in Arroyo Naranjo, by a crowd.

Another video captures the moment an angry crowd confronts a soldier in uniform, refusing to accept his lies, and yet another video captures another such moment of defiance.

1 thought on “To the barricades! Cuban protesters block streets, build bonfires, defy repression”

  1. The “revolution,” that dead-tired euphemism for dictatorship, has nothing to offer except more misery. Nobody believes in it by now, and it cannot be fixed, so the only real option is to throw it out and replace it.

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