About 600 Cuban demonstrators took to the streets in Milan, near the Cuban consulate in via Gozzi, against the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The latter, at home, repressed the protests (PHOTOS) of thousands of Cubans who asked for economic aid. During the demonstrations in Cuba there was also one death, a 36-year-old man. The via Gozzi demonstrators call Diaz-Canel “a murderer” and ask for “freedom”, shouting “Patria Y Vida”.
The first concessions of the Cuban government after the protests
Cuba, one dead in protests. Bishops: “Do not seek confrontation”
After the protests of recent days, the first concessions arrived from the Cuban government which authorized the temporary “unlimited” entry into the country of foodstuffs, bath products and medicines – goods that are scarce on the national market – without the payment of rates. These imports will be allowed from 19 July until 31 December 2021. This was announced on television by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero. As for the import of basic necessities, Marrero explained that he will allow travelers arriving on the island to bring with them unlimited quantities of these products, while respecting the rules imposed by the airlines, and without paying duties. . In addition, Economy Minister Alejandro Gil announced an improvement in state wages, speaking of a major overhaul of the “wage scale, which will be phased out, in state-owned enterprises, which will increase their autonomy and improve workers’ income”.
The toll of the protests in Cuba in recent days is of one dead, hundreds of injured. On the island, police cars have been seen overturned, stone-throwing at agents and soldiers, government-run shops looted. During the demonstrations, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in the largest mass protest ever seen on the island in the last 30 years. Exhausted by an economic crisis aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Cubans have targeted the president of the republic Miguel Diaz-Canel. The protest, born spontaneously as an appeal via the web, was then relaunched on social networks, in a relatively new way for Cuba, where usually the only authorized gatherings are those of the historical party. “Down with the dictatorship”, “freedom”, “go home” were some of the slogans shouted by thousands of Cubans struggling with a lack of food and medicines. The moments of greatest tension between demonstrators and police were recorded in Havana and in the small town of San Antonio de los Banos, about thirty kilometers from the capital. Officers responded with batons and pepper spray, arresting hundreds of demonstrators who were loaded into vans and taken away.