Dozens of arrests after Cuba protests against the government

In Cuba protests, numerous people took to the streets on Monday to demonstrate against the communist-socialist government of President Miguel Díaz-Canel. This is what portals critical of the government report. The independent artist movement "San Isidro" published a list of the names of people who had been arrested or reported missing in the past few days. According to Amnesty International, at least 115 people have been arbitrarily arrested. Among them were prominent dissidents as well as journalists, as the America director of the human rights organization, Érika Guevara-Rosas, wrote on Twitter on Monday.

There was reportedly a high security presence on Monday. Videos were circulating that were supposed to show new, smaller protests. Thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate on Sunday. Observers spoke of the largest demonstrations in Cuba in decades.

Internet connections have been blocked, social networks have been blocked

Human rights organizations reported that Internet connections and social networks had been blocked to prevent further images of police violence and protests from being spread. The protests are directed against the catastrophic supply situation on the island, the high food prices and the lack of medicines. In addition, the government opponents are calling for the system to be opened up democratically.

US President Joe Biden has assured the demonstrators of the support of the United States. The people of Cuba are demanding basic rights, according to a message from the White House on Monday, Biden. “These rights, including the right to peaceful protest and the right to freely determine one's own future, must be respected. The United States is calling on the Cuban regime to listen to its people and serve their needs rather than enrich itself at this crucial moment. ”Biden criticized the government's“ decades of repression ”.

In view of a severe economic crisis, large numbers of demonstrators against the communist government took to the streets in Cuba at the weekend for the first time in decades. In the capital Havana they marched through the historic city center on Sunday and chanted “Freedom, Freedom” and “We are not afraid”, as can be seen on videos published on social networks. Also in the cities of Holguín, Matanzas, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba, thousands of people protested against the economy of scarcity and oppression. At the same time, demonstrators outside of Cuba expressed their solidarity - for example in the nearby US city of Miami, where many Cubans in exile live; there were rallies there on Sunday. Cuba's government blamed US-controlled provocateurs for the demonstrations.