The United States supported the peaceful protests of the Cuban people and condemned the call for war against the government.
Julie Chung, US Acting Undersecretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, stressed that Cubans are "exercising their right" by demonstrating.
Peaceful demonstrations are on the rise in Cuba. The Cuban people use their right to a peaceful assembly to express their concern about the increase in cases/deaths from the Quaid and the shortage of medicines. Said Julie Chung, US Acting Undersecretary for Hemisphere Affairs. The western USA.
In addition, he highlighted "the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help needy neighbors."
Julie Chung assured that the Joe Biden government is deeply concerned by the "calls to combat" in #Cuba. "We defend the right to peaceful assembly of the Cuban people. We ask for quiet and denounce any violence".
The US official thus denounced the threats of the head of the Castro dictatorship, Miguel Dias Canel. Instead, he promised repression and called on communist revolutionaries to fight protesters in Cuba. "We are ready to give our lives. They have to step over our corpses if they want to face the revolution. We are prepared for anything, "said Díaz-Canel in statements to the Telesur network.
"We are not going to allow any counterrevolutionary, mercenary, sold to the American empire to provoke destabilization," he said. And he threatened: "There will be a revolutionary response. That is why we call on all communists to take to the streets where these provocations are to occur and confront them decisively.
In addition to Chung, the mayor of Miami, Francis X. Suarez, spoke. "The Castro regime must end now; this is not negotiable," he said at a press conference where he gave all his support to the mobilizations.
Thousands of Cubans marched on the streets of several Cuban cities, including Havana, in unusual protests against the Castro government this Sunday.
Shouting especially "Homeland and life," the title of a protest song, but also "Down with the dictatorship!" and We are not afraid, protesters, most of them young, marched through the capital, San Antonio de Los Banos, Guira de Melena and the western province of Alquizar in the province of the west of Artemisa and Palma Soriano in Santiago de Cuba.
"Oh my God! A woman is heard saying when the march passes in front of her, shouting out loud," We want freedom, "and calling out insults to the head of the dictatorship Miguel Díaz-Canel.
San Antonio de Los Baños, the first town to hit the streets, is a small rural town in Artemisa, neighboring Havana. It has about 50,000 inhabitants.
Since the coronavirus epidemic began in March 2020, Cuba has been forced to stand in long queues to store food.
This situation has been compounded by a severe shortage of medicines, which has generated widespread social unrest.
The protest occurs on a day in which Cuba registered another record number of COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, with 6,923, for a total of 238,491, and deaths, with 47 (1,537). "These are alarming figures, which are increasing by the day," said Francisco Durán, the head of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, in his usual television press conference on Sunday.
The situation is agitated in the tourist province of Matanzas, located 100 km east of Havana, where the high number of infections can cause health services to collapse.
In the name of #SOSCuba ", #SOSMatanzas" or #SalvemosCuba, "among others, help is sought as they grow in social networks, but also help the government send donations from abroad.
Cuba needs your help! Gente de Zona, a popular duo of reggaeton players Randy Malcom and Alexander Delgado, made the claim on Twitter.
The call of "SOS Cuba" by Gente de Zona was shared on that social network by other renowned artists such as Daddy Yankee, Becky G, Natti Natasha, and René Pérez (Resident of Calle 13), among others.
It is the largest protest on the island since the so-called maleconazo, when in August 1994, in the middle of a particular period, hundreds of people took to the streets of Havana and did not leave until they arrived. Cuban leader Fidel Castro