While freedom protests in Cuba are stifled by state violence and internet cuts, around the world, Cubans who have left the country continue to show support for the island’s protesters.
Over the weekend, hundreds of people gathered in Miami and Washington DC., in the United States, to call for actions by the American government against the Castro regime, such as the application of political, diplomatic and financial sanctions against the members of the regime that they are coordinating the crackdown on protesters.
In Miami, Cuban dissident Rosa María Payá called for “solidarity” with the Cuban population, in the form of “actions and not words.”
In front of the White House in the American capital, former Cuban boxing champion Yordenis Ugás said: “The blackmail is over, the dictatorship is over.” “We Cubans are already tired.”
Some Cuban-Americans called for military intervention on the island, a hypothesis already discarded by Democrats. Last week, the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menéndez, said the US will not make a military intervention in Cuba. “Let’s leave it aside because that’s what the Fidelistas want. Those who hold power in Cuba want to promote it,” he said.
Acts in support of the Cuban protesters also took place in front of the Cuban embassies in Panama and Chile. In Santiago de Chile, according to the EFE agency, there was a clash between groups against and in favor of the Castro regime. Last week, freedom demonstrations in Cuba had been registered in several countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Spain.
repression on the island
In Cuba, since the protests on July 11, it is the police who dominate the country’s streets. Dissenting voices continue to be deterred.
This weekend, a man was beaten and arrested after he shouted “freedom” at an act of the regime in Havana. According to independent journalists, he was identified as Ernesto Frank Sánchez Aguilar and as of Sunday night, his whereabouts were unknown.
In San Antonio de los Baños, the city where protests against the dictatorship broke out, there is a large presence of military and regime supporters in the streets. According to EFE, access to the city, located 30 kilometers west of Havana, was mostly blocked or guarded by security agents on Sunday.