Cubans took to the streets in the middle of the night in an unusual protest with cauldrons in Los Palacios, a town in western Cuba, due to a power outage, a local authority confirmed on Friday. It happened just four days after the anniversary of the anti-government protests on July 11, 2021.
In the early morning videos circulated on social networks, where the irritation of dozens of residents can be seen, some banging cauldrons and expressing their claims to officials who were trying to calm the situation.
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“Díaz-Canel singao”, “We are hungry”, “Turn on the electricity, pinga!”, “We don’t want a tooth!” (mere words), “Down with the dictatorship!”, is heard in the broadcast videos that people shout.
José Ramón Cabrera, president of the Assembly of the Municipality of Los Palacios in the province of Pinar del Río, explained that during the night of Thursday there was an affectation to a main electrical transmission line due to a strong storm.
Some videos broadcast on networks could be seen until dawn in various parts because an internet failure was also recorded during the night.
According to the independent media outlet Inventario, there was an “internet outage in Cuba from 12:50 to 1:40 a.m.”, in four municipalities of Havana and five provinces of the country, he said on his Twitter account.
In parallel, there was also a concentration -with a smaller presence and predominantly women- in front of the PCC headquarters in the Havana municipality of Centro Habana.
Since May, Cuba has been facing difficulties in supplying electricity to the country and reports daily on scheduled blackouts at times of greatest demand. Several of its thermoelectric plants have suffered breakdowns or are undergoing maintenance.
Weeks ago another video was broadcast with protests by university students in the province of Camagüey for the same reason.
Cuba is going through its worst political and economic crisis in three decades, with a growing shortage of freedom, food, medicine and fuel.
Despite the fact that the regime has intensified the repression, the protests in Cuba continue to grow, and the desire for freedom, especially after the protests of July 11 and 12, 2021, which left one dead, dozens injured and more than 1,300 detainees. of which more than 700 remain in jail, some with sentences of up to 25 years, according to the NGO Cubalex.