As one of the eyewitnesses of the action in Santiago de Cuba said, “people are protesting against the crisis, against the fact that there is no food or medicine, everything has to be bought in foreign currency stores”.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel appealed to supporters of the government, demanding to resist the onslaught of the opposition:
“We call on all the country’s revolutionaries, all communists to take to the streets where these provocations are taking place, and to resist them decisively, firmly and courageously,” he said.
According to the opposition, the demonstrations were the largest since 1994. writes Reuters, citing a statement from Michael Bustamante, Associate Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University.
“Only now they were not limited to the capital, it seems they did not even start,” Bustamante explained.
At the same time, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned the Cuban authorities about the inadmissibility of harsh measures against the protesters.
“The United States supports freedom of expression and assembly nationwide and would strongly condemn any violence or attacks against peaceful protesters who exercise their universal rights.” wrote he’s on his Twitter page.