Cuban dictatorship tries to quell protesters by giving them an extra 3 pounds of rice rations

In an obvious show it no longer can rely purely on brutal repression to keep the population subdued, the desperate communist Castro dictatorship is trying to bribe them into submission. After thousands of Cubans took the streets in Santiago de Cuba last weekend to protest the lack of food, electricity, and freedom on the island, the Castro regime is trying to reduce the tension by distributing an additional 3 pounds of rice to residents.

It is a ridiculous ploy that does nothing to address the 65 years of misery and destruction socialism has wrought on the island, but the Cuban dictatorship is desperate. They seem aware they cannot withstand another island-wide protest like the one that took place on July 11, 2021, and are trying anything to keep the people from taking to the streets again.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Cuban regime distributes three pounds of rice in the towns where protesters came out on March 17

The protests on Sunday, March 17th in Santiago de Cuba (17M) led to the appearance of extra rations of rice in the local warehouses of the areas whose residents took to the streets to demand food and electricity.

This was confirmed on Monday by Pastor Jorge Luis Pérez in statements to Martí Noticias from El Cristo, in Santiago de Cuba. “Here a truck, escorted by police, arrived around midnight, full of rice, to distribute rice in all the warehouses; three pounds of rice,” he specified.

After failing to quell the protests from a rooftop in the Santiago district of Veguita de Galo, the epicenter of the protests, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, promised on local television to deliver three pounds of rice and four pounds of sugar to the population of her territory.

Despite the Cuban regime’s insistence on blaming the American “blockade” for the shortage of food on the island, authorities managed to supply rice, chicken, milk, and eggs to the people of Santiago within hours. “Food for today and hunger for tomorrow,” commented a neighbor, denouncing it as a cosmetic measure.

At the same the regime was delivering food to Santiago de Cuba, it was cutting off or slowing down internet access in a desperate attempt to prevent the spread of images of new protests, such as those that occurred on March 18th in the José Martí District. Hundreds of residents took advantage of a blackout to take to the streets dancing to the rhythm of conga and chanting “I get goosebumps” and “without food or electricity / shit for the president.”

“We are, as you know, cut off, without electricity, without internet. We are without water, a desert,” the pastor said when questioned by the aforementioned media outlet.

Meanwhile, during an appearance on the state-run channel TurquinoTeVe, Johnson Urrutia stated that “as always, the people understood,” referring to the justifications she gave from the famous rooftop of Veguita de Galo.

“We cannot deny that it was a situation of great tension,” Johnson Urrutia acknowledged, although she then tried to downplay the magnitude of the protest: “But as always, the people understood it, because they also saw us, the highest authorities of this province, as always facing the problems.”

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