More than 500 people are still missing after anti-government Cuban protest

The activist groups have stated that more than 500 protestors are still missing, two weeks after the biggest anti-government protests held in decades in the Caribbean island of Cuba.

Cuba: The activist groups have stated that more than 500 protestors are still missing, two weeks after the biggest anti-government protests held in decades in the Caribbean island of Cuba.

The citizens marched in thousands across the Caribbean island, going through the streets, cities and towns on 11 July 2021 while making a call for democracy and comprehensive economic reform in the nation amid major food and medicine shortages.

Numbers of people were arrested by the police officers, wearing normal clothes, and many families have stated that they still have not heard from their close ones or been informed of their presence and where they are now.

The exact numbers of the missing people have not been identified yet, but the group of lawyers – Cubalex have informed that hundreds of people, many of them teenagers, have been arrested by the police officers.

Katiuska Mustelier Sosa is a Cuban refugee living in Miami and stated that her brother identified as Enrique, has not been seen by his friends or any family member on the Caribbean island since he visited the protest in Guantanamo, Cuba.

Sosa has also shared a video with a local media house of Cuba, which was filmed by another protestor, showing Enrique, 38, marching through the streets chanting – ‘libertard’, which means freedom.

Sister of Enrique has assumed that her brother was arrested shortly afterwards and is now being kept at a state security prison, although she is not aware about the exact location.

Following the statement, she added that “My family has not been able to see him. We’re very worried because we don’t know what state he’s in. We are worried that he has been beaten.”

Earlier, the Cuban government blamed a Twitter campaign that was organized by the United States, which led to unrest in the Caribbean Region. The government of Cuba has temporarily lifted import duties from essential items.