Monday, January 30, 2023

Cubans rise against communist dictatorship

Another bastion of communism about to fall amid pandemic and food shortages

Desk: The Cuban people have risen against the communist dictators ruling over them.

Thousands of people have reportedly marched through the streets across Cuba and its capital Havana on Sunday to express their anger and to call for end of communist dictatorship.

This is being billed as the biggest demonstration against the communist regime in the country so far during the last three decades.

China, Cuba and North Korea are counted as the countries which comprise the last bastion of communist dictatorship.

Cuban economy is about to collapse as the US embargo continues and there is disaffection at the way the government has handled the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Cuba has also announced its own home-developed vaccine Soberana and said that it is 91% effective.

No vaccine has been imported by the ruling regime from outside and the experimental vaccine has tried on the citizens. Around 2 million citizens of the 11.2 residents have been fully vaccinated.

Besides, there has been economic slide too and people are finding it difficult to survive.

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Cuba has been a communist dictatorship for the last six decades since the time of Fidel Castro.

It has a population of about 11 million people.

The former US President Donal TRump had put an embargo on Cuba and the economy of the country had slided by 11 per cent.

The protestors are demanding that the President Miguel Diaz-Canel step down. This call is being made amid widespread food shortages.

Diaz-Canel has blamed the US for the protests and said that these protests have been manipulated by the US through social media and its agents.

On the other hand, the White House has issued a statement and has quoted President Joseph R Biden as saying: “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regiment. The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected. The United States calls on the Cuban regiment to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”

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