What is the source of the demonstrations in Cuba? Cubans have taken to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the country’s deteriorating economic situation. The GDP of the island nation, which is led by President Miguel Daz-Canel, has contracted by 10.9 percent in 2020 and by two percent through June 2021.
On July 11, 2021, a series of protests against the Cuban government and the governing Communist Party of Cuba began in reaction to a lack of food and medication, as well as the government’s response to the resurgent COVID-19 epidemic in the country.
The historic demonstrations in Cuba are a result of people’s dissatisfaction with acute shortages and the communist government’s failure to strengthen the economy in the face of the epidemic.
A total of five people were killed, according to the Cuban dissident organization Cuba Decide, during the demonstrations. Dina Stars, a Cuban YouTuber and activist, was seized by Cuban security forces while participating in a live interview with the Spanish television program Todo es mentira (Everything is Lies).
The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, led by exiled dissident Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat (ACR), claims that protests took place in more than fifteen cities and villages around Cuba. A massacre (bao de sangre) is being planned, and Gutiérrez has requested that the United States government lead an international intervention to prevent demonstrators from becoming ″victims of a slaughter.″