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Another July 11 in Cuba? Blackouts stir new protests despite repression

The unbearable power cuts in Cuba ignite the protests on the island, despite the repression exerted by the Castro regime against those who express their discontent with the deplorable service. These sources of uprising also show that the struggle for the “homeland and life” entrenched since July 11 is still in force.

The campaign of fear deployed by the administration of Miguel Díaz-Canel to contain the population inflamed by the blackouts fails from Pinar del Río to Trinidad, passing through Holguín and Granma, as well as other small towns where the fear of being behind bars does not stops neither their saucepans, nor claims on public roads.

The communities are in the streets. The state and security forces no longer intimidate them as in the past. Figures from the Justice 11J working group report 57 detainees in the last two months, as a result of the irregularity in the energy supply. Of them, 33 are in prison.

No registration

In a statement from the organization, it is pointed out that “the lack of public registry of people in detention status persists, which places them in a more marked situation of vulnerability, since it is less likely that the detention will become news, and with this, the mobilization of efforts to obtain releases or changes of precautionary measures decreases.

They also emphasize that “while in Cuba the population is dismayed by the negligent use of young people who were fulfilling the Compulsory Military Service to contain a fire in Matanzas, we see complaints again that alert about the sending of young people to repress protests.”

Without truce

The Díaz-Canel regime faces a complex panorama. Today Cuba has 5.87 GW of installed generation capacity, but only 3.2 GW are operational, according to a report by the state company Unión Eléctrica (UNE) revealed by the BBC.

With almost half of its infrastructure out of operation, there are daily reports of failures in thermoelectric plants, responsible for covering most of the demand of up to 3,000 megawatts (MW) at peak times, where renewable energies contribute less than 6 %.

Jorge Piñón, director of the Energy Program for Latin America and the Caribbean at the University of Texas, in an interview with the BBC, estimates that the structural problem is a visible solution in the short term.

“The thermoelectric plants are not working because they have been in operation for more than 40 or 45 years, they have not been given regular maintenance or investment, and they use Cuban national crude with a high sulfur content.”

Lack of capacity

This is a harsh reality that citizens face on a daily basis. Cuba has 13 thermoelectric plants. However, eight have more than 30 years of service and five, although they are more modern, correspond to floating plants rented from Turkey since 2019 to avoid a total collapse that requires the investment of 1.5 million dollars, the same amount that was spent the regime to expand hotel capacity, when the influx of tourists is at a minimum.

The shortage of diesel on the island affects. Chavismo, which from Venezuela contributed 100,000 barrels a day in 2016, now dispatches around 56,000 barrels a day.

Russia tries to support it by sending a tanker with 700,000 barrels, but the impact of the shortage is undeniable when even the National Zoo of Cuba, located in Havana, reduced safari tours due to fuel shortages. Now it will only come out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At that rate, the protests will continue and increase even in the dark.

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José Martí
José Martí
Nacionalista cubano, poeta, filósofo, ensayista, periodista, traductor, profesor y editor.

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