Recent Protests

On Sunday, July 11, 20201, the Cuban people appear to have had quite enough of economic and personal suffering, made even worse by the Covid 19 pandemic, and have taken to the streets. While there is limited information now, it is highly unusual for people to do so in a country as authoritarian as Cuba, and the scale of these protests is unprecedented.

Some unconfirmed reports that I have seen suggest that the government is losing control, and knows it: thus, the regime is responding with extreme violence against people. This includes calling up child soldiers under the guise of something like a militarized version of the Boy Scouts, to try to maintain control of the streets. Curfews are in effect all over the country, and the regime is trying hard to project power at home and abroad.