Cuban citizens took to the streets across the country on Monday to protest the communist Castro regime, specifically protesting the country’s crumbling power grid, which requires scheduled blackouts.
Cuba’s communist regime had was announced in July that a new rolling blackout schedule would go into effect in August. The capital city of Havana – which, unlike the rest of the nation, has so far been spared continuous blackouts – will also undergo rolling blackouts, a decision said by Reinaldo García Zapata, Havana’s governor. considers a “gesture of solidarity with the country”.
Residents of eastern Santiago de Cuba, the nation’s second-largest city, took to the streets to protest, chanting anti-Castro slogans such as “enough yes” (enough), “pongan la corriente, pinga” (“turn on the power, dammit!”), and “Diaz-Canel, Singapore(‘Díaz-Canel bastard’, a reference to the island’s president Miguel Díaz-Canel).
Ayer Jagüey Grande, Matanzas, hoy Altamira, Santiago de Cuba.
— Rosa María Payá A. (@RosaMariaPaya) August 1, 2022
“What they are doing to us is abuse. All morning without power and the power went out again at 11 am,” activist Aurora Sancho he said on Monday on the independent Cuban news agency 14 y Medio. “It all started with a neighbor who started making noise with an iron and complaining. Little by little others joined. Here people couldn’t take it anymore today.”
#Video Los vecinos take las calles de #Altamira en #Santiago de Cuba par #Protestant against los #championships 👉 https://t.co/Wj0vo8MEEQ “Todo empezosa con un vecino que comenzamento hacer ruido con un hierro ya quejarse. Poco a poco se le fueron sumando otros” pic.twitter.com/tDGit478gl
— 14ymedio (@14ymedio) August 1, 2022
Sulaine Videaux, a resident of Santiago de Cuba, posted a video on Facebook on Monday in which she explained that repeated power outages can last up to eight hours and reported that protesters were chanting “down with the dictatorship,” “down with Castro-Canel ,” and “down with all Communist Party oppressors.”
The Diario de Cuba news site mentionted that cacerolazos — a form of protest where a group of people bang empty pots and pans to make noise — took place on Monday in the areas of San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, La Herradura, Consolación del Sur, Pinar del Río, Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus, Antilla, Holguín, Caonao del Sur y Covadonga, en Cienfuegos, Mabay and Granma.
— Mag Jorge Castro🇺 (@mjorgec1994) August 2, 2022
Protesters in Cienfuegos plundered one of the “Freely Convertible Currency” (MLC) shops operating on the island. These sites are considered symbols of the Castro regime and the dual currency system it has imposed on the nation. The products and offers of these stores can only be paid for in Cuban convertible pesos, a currency that the country’s citizens do not have free access to.
In Bayamo province, protesters chanted the communist slogan “The united people will never be defeated!” (“the people united will never be defeated”) against the communist regime.
— Liborio (@yosoyliborio) August 2, 2022
Cuba’s precarious and aging electricity infrastructure is on the verge of complete collapse. The island is highly dependent on a number of constantly malfunctions of thermal power plants for energy production. Plants have mentionted generating power at less than 40 percent of their capacity — with some of the nation’s electricity infrastructure dating back to the Soviet era and having been repaired over the years beyond its expected life cycle.
The Cuban regime is facing its own energy crisis acquisition a series of floating energy ships from Turkey to help cover the island’s growing electricity generation deficit — however, it wasn’t enough to remedy the situation, and Cuba’s energy crisis worsened in 2022.
In May 2022, there were References blackouts lasting up to 14 hours a day, preventing Cubans from cooking in areas where cooking gas is not available. Until July 2022, Liván Arronte Cruz, Minister of Energy of the Castro regime, admissible that there is no “short-term solution” to Cuba’s worsening energy crisis.
The Cuban Conflict Observatory, a civil society organization, released a report on Monday in which he notes that after the nationwide 11 July 2021, protestsanother 3,266 protests have taken place against the Castro regime, with 1,713 taking place in the first half of 2022.
“The terror [of the communist regime] it has not paralyzed Cubans,” the report said.
The report also says protests have increased due to worsening blackouts, the collapse of Cuba’s health system, the latest dengue fever flare up on the island, severe food and medicine shortages and inflation.
Christian K. Caruzo is a writer from Venezuela documenting life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.