Hundreds of thousands of Cubans flocked to the streets to protest the country’s economic plight and the government’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. Calls for a humanitarian intervention on the island under the hashtag #SOSCuba have been trending on social media recently. Many Cubans took part.
He went on to say Protesters rioted and looted during some of the events, while others were peaceful demonstrations. However, they were all demonstrations of people’s economic despair and disgust with the government’s incapacity to alleviate their current hardship.
Protests Against the Cuban Government
Protests against the Cuban government began in San Antonio de los Baos, a city south-west of Havana, but quickly expanded throughout the entire country.
Security personnel were depicted beating and pepper spraying protesters in social media images.
There was a chance the incident would have faded into Cuban folklore had it not been for the recent upgrades to the island’s mobile internet.
However, that summer, Cubans all around the country were able to watch the protests in San Antonio de los Baos occur live on the internet — and even join in.
Thousands of other Cubans came to the streets almost immediately across the island, some protesting the scarcity of food and medication and others condemning high-ranking authorities and pressing for expanded civil liberties.
Unprecedented protests even reached rural villages, whose potholed roadways are shared by more horse-drawn carriages than automobiles.
As a result, the government’s foreign currency reserves have been drained, making it unable to acquire products to make up for shortages.
The Pontificia Javeriana University of Cali’s Pavel Vidal, a Colombian economist, predicts that prices would jump by 500-900 percent in the coming months.