Cuban President rejects coverage of unrest as a “lie”

Cuban President rejects coverage of unrest as a “lie”

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced what he called a false account of the unrest on the Caribbean island, speaking alongside former President Raul Castro at a rally in front of thousands of supporters in Havana.
“What the world sees of Cuba is a lie,” Diaz-Canel said on Saturday, denouncing the dissemination of “false images” on social networks where they “encourage and glorify outrage and the destruction of property”.

Diaz-Canel’s comments come six days after historic protests against the government.

On July 11 and 12, thousands of Cubans took to the streets of 40 towns on the island shouting “Freedom”, “Down with dictatorship” and “We are hungry”.

One person has died and more than 100 have been arrested, including independent journalists and opposition activists, since protests erupted during the worst economic crisis in decades.

There is “overflowing hatred on social media,” the president said.

Translation: [Stop the] lies, infamy and hatred. #Cuba is deeply allergic to hate. And it will never be a land of hate! Nothing good is built on hate. Hatred robs us of the time to love and even love itself. At #Cuba, #Putyourheart, Diaz-Canel tweeted.

Protesters took to the streets of Cuban cities last Sunday to protest against power outages, a wave of COVID-19, widespread commodity shortages and the one-party political system.

The protests, the largest in decades in Cuba – where public dissent is limited – have subsided this week as security forces are deployed and government supporters mobilized.

Cuba cut internet access on the island on Sunday and re-established it on Wednesday, but access to social networks and messaging apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter remained blocked on 3G and 4G networks.

Diaz-Canel, who accuses the United States of provoking the protests, said the “lie” was not committed “by chance or by mistake; all this is the cold calculation of an unconventional war manual ”.

“Born to conquer and not to be conquered! Shouted the crowd at the rally, which had gathered at dawn on the Malecon, Havana’s famous seaside boulevard.

Castro, 90, was pulled out of retirement by the gravity of the protests.

Shortly before the rally began, police arrested a man who shouted “Patria y Vida” (“Homeland and Life”), the title of a protest rap song that became the anthem of anti-government protesters. , according to the AFP news agency.

The official Granma newspaper said similar rallies were held in other cities, including Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Camaguey and Santa Clara.


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