Cubans in Guantanamo province take to the streets to protest blackouts and hunger

14 hours without electricity in the city of Baracoa in the Cuban province of Guantanamo proved too much for Cubans already suffering hunger and misery under the communist Castro dictatorship. Shouts of “We are hungry!” filled the night air of Baracoa by Cubans who took to the streets to express their frustration over a power outage lasting almost an entire day.

Via ADN Cuba (my translation):

Protests over long blackouts reported in Baracoa

Residents of Baracoa, in the province of Guantánamo, protested on the night of May 16 after more than 14 hours of a power outage, reported journalist Mario J. Pentón.

“Fourteen hours is too much already, folks. What they’re doing is abuse,” said one of the protesters.

Among the residents’ demands was also food. “What do we want? Food,” people shouted on Thursday night.

Other videos shared on social media confirm the May 16 protest in the eastern part of the island.

“We are hungry,” was another slogan they shouted in the darkness.

Cuba has been experiencing an energy crisis in recent weeks, keeping the population tense with daily power outages lasting up to 19 and 20 hours.

At the close of May 16, there was a maximum deficit of 1309 MW during peak hours, according to data from the state-owned Unión Eléctrica (UNE).

Units 6 and 8 of Mariel, unit 6 of CTE Nuevitas, unit 2 of CTE Felton, and units 5 and 6 of Rente are out of service, while units 1 and 3 of CTE Santa Cruz and unit 1 of CTE Felton are under maintenance.

For May 17, a 1300 MW shortfall is forecasted during peak hours.

2 thoughts on “Cubans in Guantanamo province take to the streets to protest blackouts and hunger”

  1. Savages need to accept that they’re supposed to have nasty, miserable lives. In any case, the “revolution” cannot afford to cater to their wishes, and it has no interest in doing so. It was never about “the people.”

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