Cuban Women, Children Protest with Human Chain on Havana Highway

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    On Tuesday, a group of mostly women and children formed a human chain to block a highway outside of Havana, Cuba, to protest the island’s poor living conditions, including power outages, caused by the corruption and mismanagement of Cuba’s communist regime, Cubanet’s website reported. Footage of the protest uploaded online by Rosa Maria Paya, a Cuban human rights activist, showed many Cubans forming a human chain that shut down portions of the national highway in Havana on the 2nd of August.

    Cubanet described the reasons behind the protesters' attempts to spread awareness with the shutdown of the highway on Tuesday. They wrote, “In the last month, protests have multiplied in Cuba due to the frequent power outages, the shortage of food and medicine, the housing situation, [and] the repression and the lack of basic rights.”

    Cuban authorities detained a lot of the women participating in the Tuesday's protests after the protest, and forced the women to gather in a nearby school, according to a newspaper based in Madrid, Diario de Cuba.

    “The Cuban mothers who blocked a highway in Arroyo Naranjo, Havana, on Tuesday ended up in a primary school, where they were taken by the authorities to ‘address' their claims,” the newspaper reported on the 3rd of August.

    Cuban authorities explained to local media that the women had shut down the road, which is a criminal act across the world, including the U.S. Authorities did not specify that they would arrest the protesters, but they did state that they had sent “several officials and law enforcement officials” to the protest, according to Diaro De Cuba.

    The newspaper also reported that Cuban authorities detained the Cuban reporter identified as Jose Raul Gallego who live-streamed the protest with his mobile phone.

    Cubans have suffered for a long time from blackouts caused by the island's old power grid. Cuba has been pushed into poverty in recent times due to the corruption of the communist Havana regime that is responsible for economic mismanagement and theft of the state's funds. The lack of government funding is evident by the inability to carry out basic maintenance on the grid, which would lessen or eliminate the need for regular power outages.

    These regular blackouts have become more severe over the last few weeks, prompting Cubans to go to the streets to protest for relief. The most recent blackouts are widespread as evidenced by anti-government protests that have occurred this week in both eastern Santiago de Cuba and western Havana—two cities on opposite sides of the Caribbean island.

    “Residents of eastern Santiago de Cuba, the nation’s second-largest city, took up the streets to protest, espousing chants against the Castro regime such as ‘basta ya‘ (enough), ‘pongan la corriente, pinga‘ (“turn on the electricity, damn it!’), and ‘Díaz-Canel, singao‘ (‘asshole Díaz-Canel,’ a reference to the island’s figurehead president Miguel Díaz-Canel), Breitbart News reported of protests that took place on the 1st of August.

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