HAVANA, July 17 (Reuters) – Raul Castro was amongst 1000’s who attended a government-organized rally in Havana on Saturday to denounce the U.S. commerce embargo and reaffirm their assist for Cuba’s revolution, per week after unprecedented protests rocked the communist-run nation.
Authorities supporters gathered on the town’s seafront boulevard earlier than daybreak to wave Cuban flags and images of late revolutionary chief Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The latter retired as Communist Social gathering chief in April however promised to proceed combating for the revolution as a “foot soldier”.
The rally was a response to demonstrations that erupted nationwide final Sunday amid widespread shortages of fundamental items, calls for for political rights and the island nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak because the begin of the pandemic.
The federal government admitted some shortcomings this week however principally blamed the protests on U.S.-financed “counter-revolutionaries” exploiting financial hardship brought on by U.S. sanctions.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who additionally heads the Communist Social gathering, instructed the gang that Cuba’s “enemy has as soon as once more thrown itself into destroying citizen’s sacred unity and tranquility.”
He stated it was no small matter to name a rally because the nation noticed growing numbers of COVID circumstances: “We convened you to denounce as soon as extra the blockade, the aggression and terror.”
Authorities stated related rallies had been held nationwide.
“This revolution will proceed for a very long time,” stated Margaritza Arteaga, a state social employee who attended the rally in Havana.
Staff had been convened by neighborhood block committees, referred to as the Committees for the Protection of the Revolution, she stated, and a state bus had picked her up at 4 a.m.
Shortly earlier than the rally in Havana formally started, authorities eliminated a person shouting anti-government slogans together with “freedom” from the gang.
The variety of these detained throughout or after protests has grown as new experiences trickle in amid irregular outages in web and messaging purposes on the island the place the state has a monopoly on telecommunications.
The newest tally from exiled rights group Cubalex put these detained at 450, though some have since been launched. Activists have accused authorities of repression as some movies have emerged on social media of police beating protesters.
The federal government has not but given official figures for these detained though it has stated it has arrested these it suspects of instigating unpatriotic unrest or of finishing up vandalism. State tv has broadcast photographs of individuals looting Cuba’s controversial greenback shops and overturning empty police automobiles.
Reporting by Nelson Acosta and Reuters TV; Further reporting and writing by Sarah Marsh; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis
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