Nearly 600 protests in Cuba during the month of July

The Cuban people continue taking to the streets in protest, while the communist Castro dictatorship continues to cling to its failed socialist policies and violently oppressive nature.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Report documents almost 600 protests during July in Cuba

The Cuban Observatory of Conflicts documented 589 protests in July in the fifteen provinces of the island and the municipality of Isla de Pinos.

Out of the 327 public demonstrations based on Civil and Political Rights, 146 were motivated by repression against more than a thousand political prisoners and their families, as well as against influencers, civil society activists, and ordinary citizens.

“134 of them were, in some way, acts of defiance against the Cuban police state,” said Rolando Cartaya, a specialist from the Cuban Observatory of Conflicts, a program that is part of the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba.

These actions are classified as demonstrations that show the propensity of citizens to openly express their discontent, such as what Osiris José Puerto Terry did when he revealed he was shot three times by two Black Berets on July 11, 2021, during the protests near the Toyo Corner in Havana.

Likewise, hunger strikes were carried out by political prisoners around the second anniversary of July 11. Among them were Rolando Yusef Pérez Morera, Adrián Rodríguez Morera, Aliandry Lechuga Junco, and Denis Hernández Ramírez.

Cubans from various social classes protested against food insecurity, the deficient health care exacerbated by the lack of supplies and expert personnel, and medical negligence.

“Prominent national figures such as economist Pedro Monreal, comedian Ulises Toirac, and writer Leonardo Padura, as well as ordinary citizens from different social strata and professional profiles, and groups of frustrated neighbors expressed their discontent in various ways with the multilateral crisis afflicting the nation with no signs that the government will depart from its ideological fossilization to resolve it,” Cartaya pointed out.

“Most of them wrote or posted on social media, expressed their opinions to independent media, or left comments on official media websites. Neighbors, tired of so many deficiencies, made their presence felt in protests,” he added.

Likewise, other public services such as electricity, internet, funeral services, and currency exchange were reasons for protests. The water supply crisis also generated numerous complaints.

“Residents of Centro Habana sat in the middle of the busy Belascoaín street after several days without electricity, and a mother in Old Havana did the same with her children, demanding water,” the specialist exemplified.

“Although dissuaded by the political police with threats, a group of 20 mothers planned a march to the Plaza de la Revolución on social media to demand milk for their children,” he recalled.

Another significant number of demands were related to the uncontrollable wave of violence, robberies, disappearances, femicides, and murders.

“It should be noted that out of the 262 protests based on economic and social rights, 105 were led by conflicts related to social issues, including the growing insecurity, amounting to 74, and another 31 due to the increase in homelessness and beggars. They were followed by protests motivated by the crisis in public services (68), food insecurity (41), the dysfunctional public health system (40), and housing problems,” Cartaya stated.