(EFE).- The Cuban Conflict Observatory (OCC) registered 392 public protests in May, including that of hundreds of residents of Caimanera, in Guantánamo, who “demanded freedom and human rights in the streets” on the 6th, indicated its monthly report on the conflict on the island.
In a statement released this Thursday, the OCC indicates that “the 392 protest demonstrations in May” exceeded the 370 protests recorded last April by 22.
The OCC report, an autonomous project of Cuban civil society supported by the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, explains that, of the total protests, 193 were for “economic and social” reasons, while 199 respond to “civil” reasons. and politicians”.
Protests took place in all Cuban provinces, including the Isla de la Juventud Special Municipality.
These demonstrations included pot-banging, hacks of official websites, hunger strikes in prisons, bus stoppages and “multiple and angry protests by citizens from various sectors” such as social networks, details the OCC.
“May was characterized by a worsening of food insecurity, with many Cubans eating only one meal, parents skipping meals to feed their children”
According to this Miami-based NGO, the popular protest that took place on May 6 in Caimanera, bordering the United States naval base, was “the prelude to hundreds of protests (…) against repression, food insecurity, poor state of the health system and the waning credibility of the communist leaders”.
A significant number of people came out to protest in the Guantanamo municipality, a fact that was repressed by the security forces – who made arrests – and was followed by a massive “drop” of the Internet on the Island.
“May was marked by a worsening of food insecurity, with many Cubans eating just one meal, parents skipping meals to feed their children, and the elderly and other vulnerable people dying or begging for a crust on the street. In fact, Hunger was the main trigger for the demonstration in Caimanera”, describes OCC.
The statement cites a statement to Radio Martí by veteran independent journalist Miriam Leyva regarding the protests.
“There is simply an extraordinary social ferment and it does not come from anywhere, from abroad, or from any counterrevolution: it is the feeling of the people. There are many needs, there are many deficiencies and, above all, there is no way out,” says Leyva.
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