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The Cuban dictatorship repressed for the fourth consecutive day peaceful protesters who ask for freedom

The collapse of the communist system in Cuba and the inability of the Castro dictatorship to provide any solution, provoked the fourth night of protests in the municipalities of Havana and these spontaneous mobilizations were brutally repressed by the regime’s forces.

One of the concentrations, with more than a hundred people, took place between Línea and F streets, in the Vedado neighborhood, one of the points where the electricity has not yet returned. The group protested by demanding freedom and demanding the end of the dictatorship, this caused them to be surrounded by a large number of police and state security agents.

The protesters shouted “Freedom, freedom!” on several occasions and also slogans against members of the Cuban regime.

This is the fourth consecutive night that spontaneous protests have taken place in Havana, the people have decided to put an end to the misery that has engulfed the island for more than 63 years.

In previous days, the demonstrations, from cacerolazos to roadblocks and sit-ins, took place mainly in humble neighborhoods of the capital, with blackouts as the main claim.

The protests follow those that took place in Camagüey (east), Batabanó (west) and in humble neighborhoods of Havana such as El Cerro, Arroyo Naranjo and San Miguel del Padrón.

On Thursday and Friday, the almost total blockade of Internet traffic from Cuba was also detected from late afternoon until dawn, according to various specialized platforms. The regime did not report this incident. Activists argued that it was an attempt to silence the demonstrations and prevent them from spreading with the help of networks.

The scenario of total censorship caused more and more Cubans to look with admiration at the example of Ukraine, where a solution was found to Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian wishes to prevent communication to the world of what was really happening on the ground – the brutalities of its soldiers in every corner of the occupied territories – and the dissemination of alerts to keep the population informed of the dangers of the offensive. The solution came from the hand of Elon Musk’s satellites. The tycoon made his Starlink network available to the Ukrainians. He kept them and keeps them connected, and also guarantees the use of drones in defense of the country.

Cuba has been going through a serious crisis for years due to errors in social, economic and monetary policy. In this time, food and medicine shortages have become chronic, queues have multiplied, the value of the peso has sunk -from 24 to a dollar to almost 200 in the informal market- and inflation has skyrocketed. But the regime’s power to shut down internet access slows the spread of resistance.

Many try to justify what happens with the passage of Hurricane Ian, but the truth is that the Cuban energy system was in crisis before. Seven of the eight terrestrial thermoelectric plants (there are another six floating ones leased) are over 40 years old, when their estimated life is 30. The plants and the network also suffer from a prolonged investment and maintenance deficit.

Power outages have become frequent. Between July and September there were only two days without power cuts at some point in the country. In certain localities they reach twelve consecutive hours a day.

And since July 11, 2021, when Cubans came out throughout the country to protest massively and peacefully against the dictatorship, expressions of rejection of the regime have occurred almost daily.

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