brigada, protestas, represión

Cuban regime arms with palosuna “rapid response brigade” in Yara, Granma

MIAMI, United States. – The “rapid response brigade” of the Luis E. de la Paz polyclinic, in the municipality of Yara, in Granma, was armed with sticks to deal with “different enemy demonstration events,” according to announced this friday the Municipal Directorate of Public Health of that municipality.

The publication has drawn attention amid an unprecedented increase in popular protests on the island.

“What are you going to defend?” I ask the user Lucía Rodríguez. “To the people who can’t stand any more misery or to the rulers with a full belly? Then don’t say ‘they forced me’. If you do not have the courage to fight for the future of your children, at least have the decency to respect the one who has what you lack, ”she concluded.

For his part, Héctor Andrés Naranjo Zaldívar questioned: “What a shame that health personnel carry instruments capable of causing harm to others… Where is bioethics and the principle of non-maleficence??? Can a health professional seriously cause intentional harm to a human being???”.

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“Not enemies! Cubans like you whose only crime is to think differently and express it. Do not continue to establish an ideological apartheid in Cuba! Everyone has the right to have rights!” wrote the priest Juan Carballosa.

In the last year, since the historic protests of July 11, 2021, as well as the demonstrations of popular discontent, the repressive acts of the government against the population have increased.

On 11J himself, the Cuban leader, Miguel Díaz-Canel, gave the order to his followers to take to the streets to “fight” the peaceful demonstrators who demanded food, medicine and freedom.

In addition to agents of the National Revolutionary Police and elite forces of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior, numerous paramilitary brigades (rapid response brigades) took to the streets with sticks to counter the massive protests.

Just on the night of this Friday and early Saturday morning, law enforcement officers repressed dozens of residents of the Nuevitas municipality in Camagüey, who they took to the streets for the second consecutive day to denounce the prolonged electricity cuts that reach up to 18 hours.

On social networks, several Internet users claimed that the Police beat minors who were with their parents at the demonstration.

In fact, two 11-year-old girls said that several police officers separated them from one of the protesters and beat them. “The Police to take him prisoner, they hit us, so that we would release him. They were a pile and a fat one there that was the one that got me hard, “says one of the minors in a video posted by Facebook user LaChamaca DeChamaco Yaestaostinada.

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