Thousands are mobilizing across Cuba demanding freedom, this video is in Havana.

Thousands are mobilizing across Cuba demanding freedom, this video is in Havana.

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I wonder how silly they’ll all feel when some American college student informs them that REAL communism hasn’t been tried before.


How does Cuba usually react to protests?


A few hours ago a few cops beat down protesters in Santiago. More cops tried the same in my hometown in Villa Clara and had rocks thrown at them. Edit: Since I'm getting a lot of questions, here's a [livestream](https://youtu.be/kaCO4lqHfXw) of what's happening rn by a guy on YouTube (he's a bit obnoxious but he's showing videos and social media posts made by Cubans.) It's in Spanish but at least you can see what's going on.


sounds like rocking it out is the right answer for the people!


Rock out with your... Rocks out


I got ahead of myself, but I can do that too.


Should have kept it unzipped, they meant your testicles


YOU! I like you.


Soulja boy tell em'


Stone out with your bone out. Also I hope your protests are successful.


Worst Best joke awards need to be a thing.


I mean they HAD guns but... you know


Especially if you can find a Casbah.


Feel like this comment is way underappreciated bro


That was about Algeria.


Reads 3 reddit comments. Understands politics in Cuba.


Out of interest, what freedoms specifically are being protested about


Potesting about the lack of medicine and bad management of the pandemic, and asking for the current president Diaz Canel to step down.


That's an impressive fuck up given that Cuba has medical doctors as a major export.


Trade embargoes. They have the knowledge but not the means to produce.


They just dont have the money or funding for vaccines.


The beatings will continue until morale improves.


>A few hours ago a few cops beat down protesters in Santiago. Yeah so pretty calm! /s obviously


There was a pretty harsh crackdown in the mid 90s


In a tv broadcast early today, Díaz Canel, the president of Cuba summons his followers to take to the streets before the massive protest that calls for political changes on the island "We know that right now there is a revolutionary mass in the streets facing this," he said. "We are not going to admit that no counterrevolutionary, no mercenary, no one sold to the US government, sold to the empire, receiving money from the agencies, allowing themselves to be carried out by all the ideological subversion strategies are going to create destabilization in our country. There is no internet or communication with the island https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-57793145.amp


This is a sloppy translation. The president is essentially saying that the protests are funded by the US, and that the protestors are American agents.


We never have protests, the fact that you see such wide spread protest across the country is a VERY BIG DEAL. The people are starving and being abused to the point they’re no longer afraid of the brutality of the government. It’s literally a fight for liberty and life


I haven’t been to your beautiful country in a hot minute. It is a very big deal indeed! Could I ask you a couple questions? The last time I was there was 2014 and through talking with people along my travels, there seemed to be a large generational divide with younger people wanting big changes to the system and the older folks saying that they were happy with the status quo. Would you say these protests are mainly led by the younger generation? Are there still beef/overall food shortages and have they gotten worse over the last few years?


I wouldn’t say the older generation is content or satisfied with the status quo, but rather defeated by the system and just simply living out their lives to best their ability. As well, many (in the millions by now) peers of that same older generation like my parents and other family members that weren’t content and wishing for regime change, but realistically only way to attain the quality of life they dreamed was to leave their country behind (losing homes and land that was passed on from generations for a shot of a future for their kids). I think the youth of today are no longer buying the propaganda that was fed down their throats. They realize they don’t have a ladder to climb in terms of personal success, profession and or achievement. My father was a renowned surgeon, and he had to take presents left by patients to barter for food. That was in the early 90’s, and things haven’t changed. If anything gotten worse. Yes, there’s massive food shortages. In the last year it has gotten considerably worst than recent memory, but older family members recall it being bad like it’s was in the late 80’s and early 90’s. But what’s really triggered these protest is how the Government is essentially using covid-19 social mandates to essentially gather up and throw in jail political activists in the guise that they violated “social distancing and quarentine rules. So you have a trifecta of Cuban people being socially and financially handicapped, starving and without basic needs, and being constantly targeted by the government for any view against the state. I’m really tired of reading so many people joke about how this is the US’s doing. NO ITS NOT, The authoritarian communist state is reaping what it has sowed for generations.


Thank you for this explanation. I kind of understood but you really clarified it for me. I’m rooting for you and the Cuban people.


I mentioned it in another comment but the older generation is more tight lipped about it bc they received threats if they spoke out against him. My grandfather was one of the many arrested for demanding change and accountability. Others would receive sabotage to their farm animals/pets as a warning and the government often rewarded anyone who would report their neighbors for anti-Castro thinking.


Good luck to you and your people. Your government can be vicious so I hope the protests are widespread and across every level of society to avoid an awful crackdown.


What triggered this? Something happened? Added: YES I know communism fucked this country pretty bad, and an embargo was placed long ago and still is there. BUT for 60+ years Cubans did not go out into the streets and asked for change. So I am guessing something happened that made them do that, maybe someone was killed, maybe the government arrested a leader they should’nt had. Was covid more deathly in Cuba and Cubans are mad? Edit: added


No food, no money, no oil, no vaccines, no medicines, power outages.


“I pretend to work, and they pretend to pay me.”


I pretend not to be crippling a tiny island economy, and the global community pretends the same ​ \-the Untited states.


That’s it?


Actually no toilet paper really put them over the edge. That was the tipping point.


The TPing point, as it were.


Sounds like a shitty situation


For my bunghole


They had a huge stockpile but the latest wave of Covid wiped it out.


When i went to cuba 2020 (jan, pre lockdowns) i was warned to bring TP with me. Im glad i was warned, as TP was nowhere. Some places i could buy a few sheets for a buck. It was an odd system, and a bit concerning if i thought about it too much


I had HORRIBLE fucking food poisoning from a sandwich I ate while waiting at the airport for my bags on arrival (they somehow got lost on a direct flight). My body wasn't keeping anything in for the entire duration of the trip. During one of the tumultuous stomach events, the only washroom I could find was at an outdoor chicken restaurant. While I was making use of the facility, someone was knocking on the door and wouldn't stop. I knew enough Spanish to say "one moment" and tried to hurry things along as best I could.. Well, the when I went to flush, there was NO FUCKING WATER. I frantically tried to get it to flush, but there just wasn't anything I could do. The knock got angrier and angrier. I eventually said fuck it and opened the door and left. Then the guy starts screaming at me in Spanish (I gathered at that point that he was the owner). I just kept saying "no agua" as that's all I knew to say and had no idea what the fuck he was screaming. I felt like absolute dog shit and after awhile just said fuck it again and walked away. So yeah, bring toilet paper if you go but also remember to test the flushing capabilities of the toilets BEFORE you use them. And for the love of God, don't eat any sandwiches in the restaurant at the airport. When I walked around Havana, it became painfully obvious why I was so sick. Meat vendors had tubes of lunchmeat and other meats just sitting unrefrigerated erated with flies crawling over them.


TBH you were probably not supposed to use it because it wasn’t working. So the knocking.


Nice try Cuban guy from story




Better there than on the restaurant floor lol


I'm Cuban. I'm in my 30s and I grew up wiping with newspapers. That's not the tipping point, it's old news...


Of course it’s old news. Who wipes their ass with a current newspaper? C’mon man! ;) But seriously- that must chafe.


The trick is to squish it, make a ball, undo it, do it again, repeat until it gets softer.


This makes sense and is a skill I hope I never have to use :)


Authentic Cuban right here.




Many years of this. And only recently we had widely available internet and the government no longer has strict control of information.


No brother, 62 years of misery and oppression, no freedom of expression among other things.


We got no food, we got no jobs, our pets’ heads are falling off!!




We should probably lift the embargo if we genuinely are concerned about the welfare of the Cuban people instead of cutting them off for the world to mock them for not having supplies.


The embargo exempts food.


It however does not exempt things that an economy needs to function, which is needed to buy said food.


Sounds like Texas during the freeze.


Embargoes and sanctions are a truly underrated weapon in the US' arsenal


Only took…*checks Wikipedia*…59 years.


Big tourism economy. You may have heard that the tourism industry took a bit of a hit in recent times. That's contributing to a lot of economic problems there.


What happened is that COVID-19 cases have spiked nationally to over 6200 cases per day and videos were released late last week by bystanders in the hospitals in Matanzas showing people laying on the floors without beds. The highlight was someone going into cardiac arrest and dying in the waiting room in front of everyone while CPR was performed and failed. The doctors can only do so much because there is literally no medication or oxygen. People were upset to say the least to see someone dying in the triage waiting area and his body left there to be collected.


Tourism is what was bringing in the dollars. Covid destroyed that.


There has been a larger and growing movement for years now. Pressure from Cubans abroad. The latest big sparks have been the unlawful detainment and arrests of numerous journalists and young political activists in Cuba. Protests both in Cuba and in Miami against the Cuban govt have become more and more prominant over the past year. On the stateside there is a movement my family has been a part of to stop sending food medicine and supplies to relatoves back in Cuba as it stops subsidizing the people there and forces the govt into a position where they have to help the people or risk revolution. In general this is a growing youth movement thats been building for a while.


It must be difficult not sending your relatives necessities like those when you know they may suffer without them.


It is, however as a collective group many have chosen to make that sacrifice for the long term changes needed for the future of our country and our families.


Coronavirus border restrictions have effectively killed Cuba's tourist industry, which was a huge part of the economy and pretty much the only way for people to get foreign currency. Aside from the basics, most goods that people actually want can only be bought using foreign hard currency at government stores. Effectively at this point only Cuba's wealthy or well connected can buy most goods. Cuba is also being hit hard by the Coronavirus, and the government is selling vaccine doses abroad to make money rather than vaccinating Cubans


I haven't seen anything specific, it is just a collection of factors, likely exasperated by covid restrictions which would strain their already strained economy. They can't trade with 90% of the people around them so any economic downturns hits them twice as hard, and that is plenty of motivation for people to demand political changes.


Nice username


Algún cubano que nos pueda explicar que está pasando exactamente y el por qué? Gracias y un abrazo al pueblo cubano


En resumen "se rompio el corojo". Muchos años de miseria, y ahora con la pandemia no esta entrando el turismo que es una de las principales fuentes de ingreso del país. El pueblo no tiene comida, dinero, electricidad, transporte, etc. Y hoy fue el día.


Mucha suerte, espero que la cosa vaya mejorando.


Welcome to Miami.


Bienvenido a Miami


Party in the city where the heat is on all night on the beach till the break of dawn


>till the break of dawn Man, I was a kid when I heard this song last, and I always thought it was "with the Grey Poupon"


I’d party to that


What kind of beach party is it if there’s no Grey Poupon though, amirite?


But of course


Welcome to miami


So cash in your dough and go to this fashion show. Pound for pound anywhere ya go and yo ain’t no city in the world like this and if you axe how I know I gotta plead the fifth.


Every different nation, Spanish, Hatian, Indian, Jamaican, Black, White, Cuban, and Asian


Omg HAITIAN is what he’s saying?? Haha how did I not ever find this out? I have always wondered what it was, and honestly I’m not sure how I didn’t just figure this out on my own. That’s kinda sad. I’ve had like 30 years to think about this lol.


With a burn notice you have no cash or credit…no identity


Farc cry 6 leaks look good


Marketing team is taking things serious, am impressed.


FARC Cry would be in Colombia lol


Bruh lul


I was thinking this too lmao


This is just AC black flag's new graphics patch.


Realistic AF, gonna preorder now.


NO PREORDERS, remember Cyberpunk?


Sorry, Havana was already a map on Call of Duty Black Ops


""What do we want?!" Carburetors for 1958 Chevys!




Not sure if you know the history of Cuba and America during Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain, but this comment is pretty fuckin spot on


Yeah, as a Filipino we were Freedom-ed by the US from establishing our Primer Republica Filipina/Constitucion Malolos and got "civilized and Christianized" by them. I should thank the Americans especially McKinley for the wonderful gift they gave us /s


>Christianized Would that not have happened with the Spanish?




Are you suggesting that invading then putting the rural population into concentration camps wasn't quality US-Freedom®?


I'm going to dispute part of that. I agree that what the Americans did to us was bad and they were ultimately wrong about the Filipinos bring savages btu you neglect to show the benefits the we got from them. First of all, it stopped Aguinaldo's unstable dictatorship under the 1st republic which would've plunged the country into chaos once again. Secondly, it strengthened the Filipino identity which would've otherwise have fractured among ethnicities. Thirdly, it gave us time to right ourselves and dismantle the Spanish Thassalocracy which shattered the class barriers made by Spain. Finally, they gave us education to advance ourselves.


Aren't Filipinos mostly Catholic, and hence probably converted by a Catholic majority country like Spain?


It costs 4.50 now


Got that shit for 1.96 at Aldi


Fucking inflation is crazy this year.


This year was doomed to be nuts. Supply issues in things like computer chips and timber, unleashed demand from hundreds of millions of people finally free to go about their business. Dunno how things will shake out. Refinanced the house for a lower rate for now. Also keeping some money aside with instructions to start buying if things tank more than 15% over a short period of time.


Well according to the whitehouse the cost of a 4th of July BBQ was 16 cents less so Biden's economic plan is working.... I'm literally not joking.. https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1410709115333234691?s=20


If you're concerned about inflation, this actually is evidence that their plan to fight it is working. But if you don't own a bank, you shouldn't be concerned about inflation.


Used to be freedom only cost you $1.05


>Used to be freedom only cost you $1.05 And that was a hefty fuckin' fee.


It costs folks like you and me


Tree tiddy


Nice try Loch Ness monster


I’m so happy this has been immortalized


It was right about that time I realized that america was a got damn prehistoric dinosaur from the cretaceous.


We tried that …. On more than one occasion


I wonder how the Cubans in Miami are reacting to this. I haven't heard of this in the news.


There are gatherings in Miami and Tampa. Look up Miami Versailles.


Have a good friend from there. He and his family are ecstatic.


So all of the main streets (Bird Road, Calle Ocho, and 49 st) are being flooded with people on the road and on the sidewalks with Cuban flags, screaming “Viva Cuba” and “Free Cuba”. Very similar to when Castro died.


These comments are a bit of a shitshow


It’s not real communism but they gotta support it all the same apparently


This whole political theater is a bit of a shit show


LMFAO username checks out


sir im planning to open a five guys in havana. these people want cheeseburgers and they will get them. they can fight, revolt, democratically choose not-capitalism, but *da beesechorger will keep coming*.


Oh holy shit LMFAO


Lol thanks I almost missed that 😂😂😂


Seriously, [well astroturfed guys.](https://www.salon.com/2014/04/03/the_secret_is_out_u_s_built_cuban_twitter_to_stir_up_political_unrest/)


USA: Russia is interfering in our elections, how could they do this? USA interfering in Latin American politics since the 1850s: This is for democracy.


Look at all the 200 people came in their thousands!!


How dare you, people are demanding Freedom & Democracy™ this is cereal.


They're not even trying to hide it anymore.


All of OPs posts are about undermining Cuba or Venezuela too, is it really this blatant now?


Happy to see people waking up ✨


*But this isn't real communism*


Mate in Chile the Far right was involved in the protest (shouting for freedom), later came Pinochet, then neo-liberalism and a 30 years "transition" with "democratic" government who sold us to the multinationals and Canada (mining and salmon) and now we pay for everything (health, education, etc). We extract copper to sell it cheap and then pay for Computers, cellphones, etc to double even triple their price. Most of students are in debt with the health education which causes depression and stress, people die waiting for beds in hospitals (or they never go because they have no money) police abuse from their power (power given by Pinochet changes to the constitution) And dont tell me "tHE pOoR is PoOR bEcAusE tHeY WaNT tO" because they dont have access to education to end the circle of poverty and street subculture (impulsed by movies and music) doesnt help at all So be carefull what you wish for


Username checks out


For anyone who doesn't get it, OP's username is "paid by the CIA" in Spanish.


Bay of Pigs: The Sequel


This should be higher


we went there a year before trump (i think it was him) closed down travel there. its crazy seeing the 3 different sectors. historic (where most poverty is), then the area where people who are better off live, and then all the shops, rich people and hotels are. after the trip my shoes where covered in dirt,completely black, had to get new shoes. all the buildings are either old or brand new no in-between. the old buildings are run down and crumbling. the new building are brand new and are in good condition


If you think that’s crazy you should see Cuba before Castro


i'm sure the mafia casinos were nice, the american-owned sugar plantations not so much


Genuinely asking, are there not places like that in America? That’s not saying to ignore awful conditions there but it’s saying that making it sounds specific to them is weird


Every major city pretty much runs the gauntlet. You have your shitty area, decent, rich


Let me introduce you to Appalachia.


Yep. They actually have a decent sized leftist population there as well when you truly interact with the ppl living there


You should come to Detroit sometime. Bring extra shoes.


Sounds like Mississippi


Nah there’s nice parts in Cuba


as a person that lives near Mississippi… perfect.


I was on a cruise headed for Cuba when the travel ban happened. We got redirected to Key West... I'm still salty as hell about that


It’s always Trump’s fault.


something about bananas


Didn't this happen already, like five years ago, and they brutally put down the opposition?


Does anybody know what's actually happening in the video?




Rich kids in America don't like it when the workers actually express their political feelings. Tankies pretend to be against colonialism but then act like they know what's best for people in other countries. Makes sense that they support an authoritarian ideology.


They’re Havana riot over there


I really hope nothing horrific happens to them.


... or anything bad in general


Unfortunately when the people stand up to a totalitarian regime, it usually goes more than just bad. But I haven’t come across any news of government forces firing live rounds into crowds of people…so that’s nice.


It already happened, I'm Cuban so I'm keeping up with the news and there are already missing and dead, the police have been shooting into crowds and plain clothed police officer have infiltrated between the protestors and causing chaos, the government has also shut off electricity and internet.


Hundreds. To be accurate.


On that spot, protests are happening all across the Island.


Exactly, this is so easy to figure out.


Stick a fork 🍴 in it...communism is dead.


Before my visit to Cuba I heard it would be a nice gesture to bring some paracetamol/acetaminophen to gift to people. Wasn't convinced it would be that appreciated as they are penny's in my county. Boy was I wrong, literally made a hotel made cry giving her a pack and a few dollars. Such nice people.


Im surprised that Biden hasn't lifted the embargo on Cuba.


This is pretty lazy OP like cmon with that username 🤣


Why are most the top comments coming across as anti Cuban protesters when usually Reddit is all about protesters against a government that’s pretty shitty? Did I miss something?




The ones defending the Cuban government are the same ones who’ve never lived a single minute under a dictatorship regime, after all, they are most likely typing from their comfy couch or bed at home with a fridge full of food.


I think this is a key thing, its very easy to be unemphatic when you have lived in a democracy, even a flawed one, your whole life; I currently live in a right wing dictatorship in all but name, and even though I'm on the left (Albeit a SocDem so I may be too "dirty" to some of them) I can see how cubans feel and how they've felt for some time, its easy to support a foreign government that's on the "correct" side of the spectrum even if they are a repressive government, when you've never been truncheoned, teargassed, and shot at, when you don't have to see people you know taken in the middle of the night, or human rights defenders and journalist end up dead.


I was in Havana 3 years ago and found it crazy that I couldn’t even use Snapchat without an app that changes your location. We rented a guide with a driver. The guy driving was an old Cuban who only spoke Spanish but we had a second guy, Manuel, in his 20’s who spoke perfect english. He told us that he learned English by playing video games and that his generation wanted to be able to have their own stuff like a car a house etc but that the old generation was still very pro Castro. Those old classic cars are like a family investment it’s crazy. He said they’re usually 2-3 families invested in one car. You can’t own a house unless you’re married. Etc Hope he’s doing well


The one day me and my family decided to get a bite at Versailles in Miami the streets are packed more than when Castro died


I'm visiting Vegas and saw a line of almost 100 cars driving up the Strip with Cuban flags. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why. Mystery solved


*Closes book* “Like that’s ever gonna happen”


Anyone with boots on the ground that actually knows what’s going on and why this has happened?


Cuba is blocking social media access, so it's unlikely anyone actually there will respond


Nah this is just people trying to grab a new graphics card that came in


Anyone feel the world is going to crap and we will soon see an era of unmitigated violence.


Jeebus I'm glad theyre' striking out but they get ut down by the military for that? This is a long time coming, i think. But maybe I'm wrong. Doesn't Cuba have a fairly high standard of literacy, health care, employment, etc....???


Cuba does not have a high standard of any of those things you mentioned. Healthcare is free but so is air. Hospitals have shortages of medications. You must bring your own sheets and food. No sanitation. Exposed wires and leaky pipes. Employment?!? I’ve never heard that one before on the list but would you work for $12/month? And it’s not like cost of living is any less, a 4 pack of toilet paper costs $1.25 - which has most likely not been available to the general population for over a year. You like the feeling of newspaper on your ass? That’s what they use.


It's funny how I am unable to go directly to my comments/responses in this thread about Cuba, but am able to go straight to any of my other comments via my dashboard or notifications. Kinda sus there reddit!


Yet I see the young here I. This country wanting communism. I do i I thunder stand


I hope things change for the better in Cuba.


Nobody retires from the CIA, you just collect a different check.


Long overdue! Hopefully they can accomplish something 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼


the only thing missing here is Ana de Armas holding a Pepsi a la Kendall Jenner at the front of the protest


My good friend is Cuban, he escaped through being a student but his parents still live there. During the height of covid, they had to wait nearly 2hrs to get into a grocery store, of which everything is rationed. Not enough food created a strong black market for food. “I’ll give you some chicken for fruits etc.” Really sad out there at the moment


I don't understand. Aren't 100% of the Cubans free to be members of the Party?