Thousands of Cubans took to the streets in various cities in Cuba on Sunday to demonstrate against the dire situation on the island. International media, including the British broadcaster BBC. Due to the increasing number of corona infections, there is a lack of medicines, while there has also been an economic crisis for some time due to a decline in tourism during the corona crisis. The demonstrators are said to have demanded an end to the Cuban dictatorship and an improvement in their living conditions.
Demonstrations are rare on the island, where the Communist Party is the only permitted political party and where freedom of expression has been curtailed. Although demonstrations have been taking place on the island since the start of the pandemic, it is the first time that so many people have gathered together against the regime. After protesters started streaming the protests on social media, authorities in the city of San Antonio de los Baños, among others, had their internet shut down.
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This Sunday, the hashtag SOSCuba is trending on Twitter, with posts from residents of the island asking for humanitarian aid. Almost seven thousand new corona infections were reported on Sunday. Although Cuba has developed several coronavirus vaccines that the government says are effective against the coronavirus, less than 15 percent of the island’s residents have been fully vaccinated.