Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel appeared on Cuban television this Sunday to call on the population to take to the streets to defend the revolution in the face of the protests that have occurred in recent hours.
“We call on all revolutionaries to take to the streets to defend the revolution in all places”, declared Díaz-Canel in his speech, broadcast from 4:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Spanish peninsular time). “We are not going to hand over the sovereignty of our country”, he has riveted.
The Cuban president has stressed that he had already been warned of “the complexities of the current moments.” “I remind you that more than a year and a half ago, when the second half of 2019 began, we had to explain that we were going to a difficult situation,” he indicated, while blaming the United States Government for the situation, “headed by the (Donald) Trump administration. “
Thus, he has referred to the “tightening of the blockade (…) with the aim of suffocating our economy and that this would cause the longed-for massive social outbreak.”
Díaz-Canel has referred to “political destabilization actions” against Cuba by the United States and that would have intensified particularly during the pandemic.
There are two specific problems to which the Cuban president has referred: energy, which has a direct impact on electricity service in homes, and medicine, in a scenario in which the number of patients and therefore consumption has increased. of medicines. “We will have to move towards the home entry experience due to the current situation with COVID-19,” he announced.
Díaz-Canel has openly referred to what happened in San Antonio de los Baños, where “a group of people gathered in one of the most central parks to complain.” “Even revolutionary people joined who may be confused by the misinformation on social media,” he explained.
Opposition media such as Martí Noticias, based in Miami, has reported a “popular uprising” in which “thousands of Cubans took to the streets” and publishes social media videos of demonstrations on the Malecón in Havana, Santiago, Holguín , Cárdenas and also in places abroad, such as Puerta del Sol in Madrid.