Amnesty International predicts more protests will rock Cuba this year

Havana, 11 July 2021

From our Bureau of Restless Noble Savages with some assistance from our Heirs of Nostradamus and Carnac The Magnificent Bureau

Amnesty International is not known for its psychic abilities, but the NGO is predicting more turmoil on the streets of Cuba during the next seven months. Stay tuned to see how accurate their forecast turns out to be. Given the food and medicine shortages, power blackouts, and increased repression, there is no denying that life will become ever more intolerable for all Cubans in the foreseeable future.

Whether Cubans will dare to take to the streets and demand regime change remains to be seen. Castro, Inc. has made it clear that it will have no mercy on anyone who dares to protest.

Loosely translated from Periodico de Cuba

Cuba could be the scene of more popular protests throughout the current year, according to a forecast issued by the human rights organization Amnesty International (AI).

In a series of posts on the social network X (formerly Twitter), the organization discussed the dire situation faced by Cubans, which has led to numerous popular protests during the first six months of the year. These protests have demanded basic needs, calls for freedom, and political changes.

The Castro regime, instead of implementing measures to resolve these problems, has resorted to its typical repressive actions to intimidate people upset by the current situation.

“We have received information about repression of protests that occurred on March 17 and 18 in Santiago de Cuba, where citizens were demanding political changes, freedom, food, and electricity,” the organization reported.

Regarding the protests that occurred in April and May of this year, AI noted that the regime’s only responses were arbitrary detentions and censorship, actions that constitute human rights violations.

AI also recalled that Cuban authorities respond to protests with deplorable measures such as internet suspension, deployment of security forces against citizens, arbitrary detentions, and even the arrest of people who merely record the repression with their cell phones.

“We call on the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel to respect the right to peaceful protest, end the repression of dissenters, and release people unjustly imprisoned for demanding human rights,” the organization urged.

Prior to this AI publication, the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) reported at least 360 repressive actions against the civilian population in Cuba, of which 77 were arbitrary detentions and 281 were other abuses during the month of May.

Additionally, the Cuban Conflict Observatory (OCC) detected at least 716 demonstrations last month. This organization noted that this number of demonstrations represents an 11.6% increase compared to April.

The main cause of popular discontent was the constant and prolonged blackouts in the different provinces of the Island. Upset citizens banged pots and pans, painted signs, and posted on social networks.

Cubans also took to the streets to express dissatisfaction with the widespread food shortages, lack of medicines, and insecurity on the Island.

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