Thousands of people conduct rally against the government as economy struggles

The Caribbean island of Cuba is currently witnessing one of the biggest protests for decades. Thousands of people have gathered against the government of Cuba.

Cuba: The Caribbean island of Cuba is currently witnessing one of the biggest protests for decades. Thousands of people have gathered against the government of Cuba.

The protestors marched in the cities, including the capital Havana, and were shouting, “Down with the dictatorship”. The images have gone viral from the site of protest, which shows that how the security forces are detaining and beating some of the protesters.

People are protesting and displaying their anger over the collapse of the country’s economy, as well as by the restrictions on civil liberties and the authorities’ in tackling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protesters are demanding a more active COVID-19 vaccination programme after the Caribbean island has reported a record of approximately 7,000 daily infections of the novel coronavirus and 47 deaths on Sunday.

Last year, the economy of the Caribbean island contracted by 11 per cent, which is its worst drop in almost three decades. The economy of the island has been hardly hit by the sanctions imposed by the Cuba and COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of the supporters of the government also steered to the streets after the President of the Caribbean island went on television to request them to defend the revolution (relating to the 1959 uprising, which guided in decades of Communist rule).

President of Cuba – Miguel Díaz-Canel asserted that the protests were a provocation by mercenaries who are hired by the US government to destabilise the nation.

“The order to fight has been given – into the street, revolutionaries,” the President stated while addressing the nation.

The top US diplomat for the Latin America – Julie Chung, took the social media platform and tweeted, “We are deeply concerned by calls to combat’ in Cuba.”

“We stand by the Cuban people’s right for peaceful assembly. We call for calm and condemn any violence.” Julie Chung asserted.

The people who are protesting against the government began with an explanation in the city of San Antonio de Los Baños, southwest of Havana, but soon spread throughout the nation.

Many of them were broadcast live on social networks, which showed marchers shouting slogans against the government and the President, and calling for change.

“This is the day. We can’t take it anymore. There is no food there is no medicine, there is no freedom. They do not let us live. We are already tired,” one of the protesters named as – Alejandro, told the local media.