First modification: 07/14/2021 – 22:23
According to the French news agency AFP, the mobile internet service, which had interruptions in Cuba days after the protests broke out, was partially restored during the morning of July 14, although the blockade to access social networks was maintained. Government sources assure that while “there is a lack of data (for the connection), there is also a lack of medicines.”
The internet returned to Cuba. Since the anti-government demonstrations began on July 11, network service interruptions have been constant. However, on July 14, service began to be restored in Havana, the capital of the country.
Cuban authorities restored internet access on Wednesday following three days of interruptions after unprecedented protests erupted over the weekend, #AFP journalists said https://t.co/yUcwjd48Kn #AFP #Cuba
– Katell Abiven (@tellka) July 14, 2021
In Cuba, given the difficulty of users being able to have Wi-Fi service at home, mobile internet service is important for citizens, so failures in it could represent almost a total blackout in the country.
Since the first interruptions occurred, some inhabitants, especially the youngest, were forced to establish tricks or seek help on VPN platforms to access the network and inform, or find out, through social networks.
“You have to activate the data, then the VPN and put it in the United States region. Then put the phone in airplane mode, for 5 seconds, and when you remove it, it connects, “said a 26-year-old woman who managed to access the Internet on July 14 after being disconnected for two and a half days.
According to the EFE news agency, although some users had the service on July 14, others continued to apply maneuvers similar to the one described to maintain communication.
Specialists blame the Government for the cut in the service
The Spanish news agency EFE, which cites experts who preferred to remain anonymous, points out that the interruption of the mobile internet service could have been carried out by the Government in order to prevent images of the protest from spreading through the networks social.
According to the agency, the mobilizations took on greater force after images of residents of San Antonio de los Baños (30 kilometers east of Havana) were released, activated in the streets to protest the lack of food, medicine, and cuts electricity supply and the serious economic and health crisis.
However, the group of specialists consulted by EFE adds that the measure affected the routine of a part of the country’s workers, amid the increase in distance work and remote education.
Government dismisses accusations against him
In the midst of the protests, considered the most massive in the country since 1994, the Cuban government has dismissed the accusations, some from representatives of the United States government, that they blame it for the interruption of the internet.
“It is true that (mobile) data is lacking, but medicines are also lacking,” said Bruno Rodríguez, Cuban Foreign Minister, on July 13, when asked about the issue.
On the other hand, Rodríguez accused the United States of inciting social unrest and promoting a campaign against the country by using the hashtag #SOSCuba.
The United States has responded to the complaint by urging the speedy reestablishment of “all media, digital and non-digital.”
“Closing access to technology, closing information channels, that does nothing to respond to the needs and legitimate aspirations of the Cuban people,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department.
On July 14, four days after the start of the demonstrations, the calm was perceived in the capital of the country, but there was a strong police presence especially in the surroundings of the Capitol.
Shouting “we are hungry” and “down with the dictatorship,” hundreds of Cubans marched through the main streets of Havana on July 11. According to a Human Rights Watch report, the situation left one person dead and at least 150 people detained.
With EFE and AFP