The non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced this Tuesday that detainees in the demonstrations in Cuba “exceed 150” and demanded an end to human rights violations on the island. “The initial lists of detainees in the demonstrations in Cuba exceed 150”, wrote on the social network Twitter the director of HRW for the Americas, José Miguel Vivanco, who warned that “the whereabouts of many are unknown”.
On Sunday, thousands of Cubans took to the streets to protest against the government and demand “freedom!” supporters who took to the streets to confront the protesters and defend the Revolution. Vivanco stressed that “to protest is a right, not a crime”.
In addition, it released a list of missing persons whose authorship it attributed to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Cubalex, which reports 171 missing persons, of which 17 have already been released or their whereabouts are known. The list includes, in addition to the people’s names and surnames, the place where they were last seen, the time and date of arrest, and the “last report” on their situation.
The demonstrations, the most expressive in Cuba since the “Maleconazo” of August 1994, take place at a time when the country is plunged into a serious economic and health crisis, with the covid-19 pandemic out of control and a serious shortage of food, medicine and other staples, as well as long power cuts that have become routine.
US President Joe Biden on Monday called on the Cuban government to avoid “violence” in its “attempt to silence” anti-government protests, for which he expressed his full support.
Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied that the US is involved in organizing the demonstrations and that the US embargo (since 1962) is fully responsible for the economic and health crisis caused by the protests.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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