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Nuevitas takes to the streets for the second night in a row and faces police repression

MIAMI, United States. – Residents of the Camagüey municipality of Nuevitas took to the streets this Friday night and early Saturday, for the second consecutive day to denounce the prolonged power cuts that reach up to 18 hours.

Less than 24 hours before, the residents of that city staged the largest popular protest against the Cuban authorities since July 11 and 12, 2021.

Unlike the first night of protests, when no incidents of police repression were reported, this Saturday the regime’s agents confronted the population.

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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Thursday night and Friday morning dozens of residents of Nuevitas they manifested to shouts of “Libertad” and with the conga of “Put the current pin…”.

“Let’s go to the Party. Hey for the Party” and “Put the current pin…Down with Díaz-Canel! Diaz-Canel singao! Down with the dictatorship!” are some of the phrases that the protesters were heard shouting as they walked through the dark streets playing pots.

During the demonstration the Cubans even sang the National anthem. “Nevitas got hot. It’s about time, this is too much. Older people and children can’t stand this anymore,” commented user Alejandro Sariego.

According to several comments on social networks, the residents of Nuevitas have been suffering from long blackouts for three months. Last week, the Electric Company of that province announced power outages of up to 18 hours due to problems with the thermoelectric plants in Cuba.

Last July, the ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel told the National Assembly of People’s Power that he understood the popular discontent that was leading Cubans to protest throughout Cuba against the energy crisis, however, he assured that Cubans will not solve anything by demonstrating .

“There are some people who, to express their discomfort, their misunderstanding, go to the sound of pots, shout expressions against the leaders, some take the opportunity to say slogans against the revolution, others participate in acts of vandalism, throw stones, break windows, and with That does not solve the situation we have. It is only resolved by complying with the strategy that we have, that we are committed to and that we are defending,” he said.

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