The protests in communist Cuba are neither tapering down nor are they ending. The Castro dictatorship appears to have lost its greatest weapon of oppression: fear.
To the beat of banging pots, Cubans demand electricity during another night of blackouts and protests
In another night of blackouts across all of Cuba, residents in at least five provinces took to the streets to demand the electricity be turned back on by banging on pots and yells of “turn on the electricity, damn it!” In several instances they were closely watched by State Security, according to videos posted on social media and collected by the CubaSpaces platform.
Several people shared images of pot banging protests taking place in Boca de Camarioca, Matanzas, where a police car can be seen observing the demonstration. The voice of the man recording the video can be heard warning the police that “you’ll have to arrest everyone,” according to a video posted by activist Yannis Estrada on Twitter.
The majority of the scenes happen in complete darkness on a road where some vehicles can be seen driving by with the drivers honking their horns.
“Things are hot in Matanzas, today. They have taken to the streets in the Camilo Cienfuegos neighborhood and in Versalles over what happened yesterday. The place is full of police with dogs. Those neighborhoods have had electricity for only one or two hours during the day,” said Lapin Garcia in a comment to the post.
In another video of the same protest in Boca de Camarioca shared by El Vene, a group of people banging on pots peacefully can be seen more clearly. Some of them were demanding “turn on the electricity!”
According to CubaSpaces, there have been reports of protests in Hershey, a town in Santa Cruz del Norte, in Mayabeque, San Jose de las Lajas, in that same province. Also in the town of Sueño, in Santiago de Cuba, Puerto padre in Las Tunas, and Manzanillo in Granma.
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