The Cuban dictatorship’s oppressive crackdown on peaceful protests

Cuba’s socialist revolution once again showed it has zero tolerance for dissent and peaceful protests. The communist Castro dictatorship came down hard on Cubans who took to the streets peacefully in March to demand the end of tyranny. Once again, the Cuban regime showed the world its only interest is maintaining power and is willing to engage in violent repression to achieve that.

Via Democratic Spaces:

Cuba’s March 2024 Crackdown

Following the protests from March 16th to 18th in various parts of Cuba, the Cuban regime responded with several tactics. Initially, it aimed to confuse the international public opinion by supposedly respecting the right of individuals in Santiago de Cuba to protest on the streets on March 17th and 18th. This was followed by the historical practice of denigrating dissenters in official media outlets.

For instance, the newspaper Sierra Maestra, in its article “No One Can Take Away Our Peace,” published on March 23, 2024, referred to the protesters as “pitiful people,” “young and strong guys who neither study nor work,” “loitering around corners, living off illicit business, inventing, with bulging pockets, drinking rum or beer at 9 in the morning or 6 in the afternoon; these parasites of our society, who receive equal benefits as the working people, thanks to the kindness of a Government they discredit, deserve the rejection of the people.”

As has been the case for the past 65 years in Cuba, political violence finds its origin in the language and official discourse of exclusion, intolerance, and hatred towards dissent. Backed by this intolerant and hate-filled discourse towards those who think differently, repression was swift.

In March 2024, Cuba witnessed a significant surge in repression. According to the latest report dated April 4, 2024, by the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights, there were 374 repressive incidents recorded during the month, marking an increase of 92 compared to February. Among these incidents, 119 were arbitrary detentions. Notably, the majority of those detained were women, accounting for 74 cases, while 45 men were also affected.

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