Dias-Colonel televised with his ministers. In his speech, he noted that the people have a right to defend the Cuban system.
Protesters in Cuba shout “Freedom” and “Homeland of Freedom”
Sunday, thousands of Cubans Joined street demonstrations In the country’s cities, the largest anti-government protests on Communist Island for decades.
Protesters called for the resignation of Miguel Diaz-Colonel, chanted “freedom” and sang anti-government songs.
The protests came amid Cuba’s worst economic crisis since the collapse of the Soviet Union, its former ally and a record increase in corona virus outbreaks. People expressed outrage over the shortage of basic supplies, restrictions on civil rights and the way the epidemic was handled by the authorities.
Thousands took to the streets in various parts of Havana, including the historic center, and groups of government supporters waved Cuban flags and chanted “Fidel”, shouting “Theos-Colonel resigns”.
Special forces with the back-ended machine guns were found across the capital of the capital, and the police presence was strong after the vast majority of infections, and after most opponents were obedient to the curfew order.
“We are living in a very difficult time,” said Miranda Lazarus, a 53-year-old dance teacher who joined thousands of protesters marching through Havana. “We need a system change.”
The leader of the Communist Party, Theas-Colonel, blamed the turmoil on the United States, a former Cold War enemy, for tightening its decades-long trade embargo against the island in recent years, in a televised address on Sunday afternoon.
Dias-Canal had already talked about an American campaign
Prior to Monday’s speech, the president had warned that many protesters were sincere but were being manipulated by US social media campaigns and “mercenaries” on Cuban soil, and warned that new “provocations” would not be tolerated and called on supporters to confront him.
Julie Chung, deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said she was deeply concerned about “calls for war” in Cuba and supported the Cuban people’s right to peaceful assembly.
Reuters witnesses security forces, with the help of potentially simple agents, arrested about two dozen protesters during demonstrations in Havana. Police used pepper spray and beat up some protesters, as well as a photographer working for the Associated Press.