With surveillance, clubs and internet cuts, the Cuban regime mobilizes to prevent a new 11J

With surveillance, clubs and internet cuts, the Cuban regime mobilizes to prevent a new 11J

Telephone messages, word-of-mouth messages or “orientations from above”: the tension in Cuban workplaces during the second anniversary of the 9/11 protests began very early on Tuesday. In each school, in each company, someone had to remain “on guard” and with the club at hand to guarantee that no group –some friends, a desperate family, the entire neighborhood– would take to the streets like two years ago, in the face of food shortages, blackouts and the aggressive heat of the tropics.

that the wording of 14ymedio dawn in Havana watched over by State Security officers did not surprise anyone. That the internet and telephone services of its members were cut off, either. Nothing, however, prevented this newspaper from touring the capital to verify that, despite the government’s attempts to appear “happiness for a day”, the fear of protest was still there.

As often happens, the first blow to the welfare fiction was the bungling of the officers themselves. Three white lines stained a wall on Carlos III avenue, between Oquendo and Marquéz González. The lines, desperately drawn on the side of a candy store a few days before, launched a question: “Government, what about drugs on the street?”

Where the situation could easily get out of control is in one of the massive queues in front of gastronomic establishments and shops

The poster, which has gone from graffiti a stain, and then traces of lime, no longer even attracts the attention of police and military. Signs like that “have become too common”, assessed one of the residents of Carlos III, who stops in front of the phrase without paying too much attention and defines a “life cycle” for them: write, scratch, cover.

“Let’s see when the pintadera this”, an old woman growled in front of the owner of the candy store, who tried to erase –without much result– the letters, one by one. Leaving the place, another neighbor exclaimed, joking: “Nothing like lime to bury the dead”.

Where the situation could easily get out of control is in one of the massive queues in front of gastronomic establishments and shops. If a police officer were to look at the group from afar, victims of a nervous breakdown and the mirages caused by the heat, he could mistake the queue for a demonstration.

The sign, which has gone from painted to stain, and then to traces of lime, no longer even attracts the attention of the police and military.  (14 and a half)

Vocalizing, sweaty, hungry and jaded: this is how the Cubans of 9/11 also marched, with claims that –as illustrated by their overwhelmed faces and resignation– have not been heard or resolved.

Whoever avoids the crowd to sit in a park must also endure the harassment of the officers, both in uniform and in civilian clothes, for whom any public square is a battlefield where the hoarse voice of Miguel Díaz-Canel and his “battle array”.

The “boys” from the Ministry of the Interior walk, undisguised, through the El Trillo park and the one on Belascoaín street, they look uneasily at whoever stretches out on a bench or takes out a cell phone in the Parque de la Fraternidad and, in the corner of the so-called El Curita park, the harassment has reached such a point that no one dares to occupy a bench.

Long before the outbreak of 9/11, the order not to record or expose the fear of the regime has also been given

The farce has reached the limit of agents occupying the sidewalks disguised as Labiofam laboratory workers or ETECSA operators. As happened before the call to the Civic March for change on November 15, 2021, the youngest agents and the veterans form combined groups.

If someone happens to stop a few steps away from them and turns on their phone, it doesn’t take long for them to come over. Clumsily and making use of any excuse, they do not stop looking at the screen: since long before the outbreak of 11J, the order not to record or expose the fear of the regime has also been given.

Nothing, however, prevented this newspaper from touring the capital to verify that, despite the government's attempts to appear “happiness for a day”, the fear of protest was still there.  (14 and a half)

Outside of Cuba, the date is not forgotten either. The coalition of opposition organizations D Frente called on Tuesday to urgently seek “peace, freedom and well-being” for the Island. On the second anniversary of 9/11 – “a national civic demonstration that expressed rejection of a sociopolitical system that excludes , impoverishes and violent Cuban society”– D Frente recalled the meaning of that social outbreak and the balance of detainees, prosecuted and violated during those days.

The government of Miguel Díaz-Canel committed “a crime against the country”, summarizes the organization, which called for a reflection on the methods of “negligence and repression” that have become characteristic of the regime in recent years. “Cuba is dying on us,” he laments, due to the social hardship that burdens health, education, food, security and freedoms.

Without changes or hopes, foresees D Frente, nothing prevents a social explosion that restores plurality and well-being on the Island at any future date, as it did in July 2021.

Police agents in the El Curita park, in Havana.  (14 and a half)

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