Violent repression against peaceful protesters in Cuba: ‘A Tale of Tyranny in Three Acts’

The communist Castro dictatorship is responding to the latest round of peaceful protests in Cuba sparked by the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in the same manner the tyrannical regime always responds: with violent repression.

Via Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter:

Protests in Cuba: A tale of tyranny in three acts

Act I: The storm hits, and Cuban hotels quickly recover power and return to business as normal. Rest of the island in darkness. Protests break out in Cuba.

Category 3 Hurricane Ian battered the west of Cuba on September 26th, and an already crumbling national electrical grid collapsed leaving Cubans without electricity. However GAESA’s hotels continued to have electricity and were promoting tourism to the island in the aftermath of the storm on September 29th.

The Hotel Nacional of Cuba reported on September 29th over Twitter that all services were “available to our guests.” They added that “some of the clients have even joined in cleaning and tidying up the outdoor areas.”

Reports of protests emerged across Cuba on September 29th. Diaz-Canel fled from an encounter with Cuban citizens in Batabanó. Cubans repudiated the selected Cuban President, and his convoy sped out of the area.

Why are Cubans upset? Whereas hotels across the island are already operating normally, most Cubans are still in the dark without electricity. Food has already been hard to come by due to the Cuban dictatorship’s internal blockade, and whatever meager amounts they have are rotting.

Yes, Cubans are protesting the incompetence of the regime. They are protesting the failure to maintain the infrastructure, and provide proper maintenance to the electrical grid. However, they are also calling for an end to the dictatorship and for freedom.

Act II: Protests expand across Cuba, and secret police, paramilitaries mobilize and travel to crackdown on demonstrations.

The Wall Street Journal reporters Vivian Salama and José de Córdoba broke the story that the Biden Administration had “received a rare request from Cuba’s government to provide emergency assistance” and that “the U.S. was still trying to determine whether the government in Havana would supplement the request as it works to determine the extent of the damage, according to the email communications.”

On September 30, 2022 the Center received reports of an expanded military presence in the streets in the neighborhoods of Arroyo, Cerro, and Guinera in Havana. Cubalex, the Cuban human rights NGO that provides legal assistance to Cubans, shared an image of a street lined with police cars.

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