Is it Cuban Revolution Again? Amidst continued protests against Cuban Government Former Cuban President Raul Castro and Government has fled Cuba.
In a reminiscence of Batista’s flight in 1959, news is coming that Former Cuban President Raul Castro has fled Cuba. Amidst continued protests against Cuban Government led by Miguel Diaz-Canel, and with pressure building by the day due to regular shortages further aggravated by COVID and US Embargo, it is understood that Former Cuban President Raul Castro fled to Venezuela a few hours ago. However, it is not known if this is a permanent flight out of the country or if it is a temporary visit for some deliberations.
We are hearing unsubstantiated rumors that the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz Canel has also fled the country. We are verifying the authenticity of the news
Protests Against Cuban Government
In one of the biggest anti-government demonstration, hundreds of Cubans marched on Havana’s Malecon promenade and elsewhere chanting “freedom” on Sunday and calling for President Miguel Diaz-Canel to resign to protest food shortages and high prices.
Police initially trailed as protesters chanted “Freedom,” “Enough” and “Unite.” One motorcyclist pulled out a U.S. flag, but it was snatched from him by others.
Protests erupted amid Cuba’s worst economic crisis in decades and a record jump in cases.
Thousands of Cubans have marched to the streets in Havana and other towns, demanding vaccines and food as the country struggles to recover from the global COVID-19 pandemic which is aggravated by US Embargos.
Cuban Political Scene
Raul Castro was officially made president by the National Assembly on 24 February 2008, after his brother Fidel Castro, who was still ailing, announced on 19 February 2008 that he would not stand again. He was re-elected president on 24 February 2013. Shortly thereafter, Raul Castro announced that his second term would be his final term, and that he would not seek re-election in 2018. He stepped down from the presidency on 19 April 2018 after his successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel was elected by the National Assembly following parliamentary elections. Raul Castro remained the first secretary of the Communist Party; he was still considered the de facto leader of the country, retaining oversight over the president. Raul Castro announced at the Eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, which began on 16 April 2021, that he was retiring. His successor, Miguel Díaz-Canel, was voted in on 19 April.
Raul Castro, the younger brother of the iconic Fidel Castro always stayed in the shadows of his brother and never held much charm in public narrative.
Propaganda against Cuba Begins
Julie Chung Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from her twitter handle is running a continuous propaganda against Cuban President.
She tweeted, “Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.” However she did not said a word about 5 decades of sanctions by US government against Cuba.
If the concern was for Covid Vaccine, the protesters would have rather stayed indoors at home instead of coming on streets amid Chinese Virus Pandemic. People have already deried the hypocrisy of US.
A total of 184 countries on Wednesday 23-June 2021 had voted in favour of a resolution to demand the end of the US economic blockade on Cuba, for the 29th year in a row, with the United States and Israel voting against.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, present during the vote in the General Assembly Hall, said that the blockade was a “massive, flagrant and unacceptable violation of the human rights of the Cuban people”.
He added that the embargo is about “an economic war of extraterritorial scope against a small country already affected in the recent period by the economic crisis derived from the pandemic”. Mr. Rodriguez estimated 2020 losses to be $9.1 million.
The diplomat said that the sanctions have made it harder for his country to acquire the medical equipment needed to develop COVID-19 vaccines as well as equipment for food production.
“Like the virus, the blockade asphyxiates and kills, it must stop”, he urged.
People have forgotten that Raul Castro isn’t president anymore! It’s Miguel Diaz-Canel.
According to the Miami Herald, some denounced President Miguel Diaz-Canel, chanting “down with the dictatorship.”
Diaz-Canel, who also heads the Communist Party, blamed the unrest on old Cold War foe the United States, which in recent years tightened its decades-old trade embargo on the island, in a televised speech on Sunday afternoon.
Diaz-Canel said many protesters were sincere but manipulated by US-orchestrated social media campaigns and “mercenaries” on the ground, and warned that further “provocations” would not be tolerated, calling on supporters to confront “provocations.”
People screamed, “We are not frightened!” as they marched through the streets on Sunday, according to videos posted on social media. “Freedom! Freedom!” shouts the crowd.
Analysts believe the protests are uncommon in a country where dissidents are closely monitored by the police.
The island is facing one of its greatest socioeconomic crises since the Soviet Union collapsed as well as a rise of deadly coronavirus outbreaks.
Worsening conditions, such as the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a frightening scarcity of food, medication, and other necessities, are among the causes for the protests, which are among the greatest since the dictatorship began in the 1950s.
According to the American daily newspaper Miami Herald, videos live-streamed on Facebook showed thousands of people walking and riding bikes and motorcycles along streets while chanting “Freedom!” “Down with Communism!” and “Patria y Vida” — Homeland and Life — which has become a battle cry among activists after a viral music video turned the revolutionary slogan “Homeland or Death” on its head.
Cuba Blames US Embargo for the present situation
Cuban Government representative Bruno Rodríguez with twitter handle @BrunoRguezP blamed US Embargo on Cuba for the present situation. He tweeted a statement from President Miguel Díaz-Canel, “If you want to have a real gesture with Cuba, if you want to be concerned with the people, open the blockade and let’s see how we play. Why don’t you do it? Why don’t you have the courage to open the blockade?”
US warns Cuba against targeting protesters
On Sunday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan issued a warning to Cuba about any targeting of those participating in the unprecedented protests against the Communist government.
“The US supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba, and would strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights,” he said on Twitter.
Paid Propaganda Begins
Handles like Mia Khalifa who are known to post political tweets as part of paid propaganda have also suddenly started tweeting against Cuban President.
Points to Ponder
On one hand while the whole world is fighting the Chinese Virus Pandemic, US has continued with its Embargo against Cuba. While Cuban Governmnet is struggling to arrange resources for its citizens, International propaganda houses have started their propaganda roping in paid propagandists to condemn President Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Earlier such Propaganda was being run against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now the target of these International Propaganda outlets is Cuban President. Does that mean that Social Media companies control which is the right government for a country and can help remove it?
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