Days after anti-government demonstrations, President Díaz-Canel said that “what the world sees of Cuba is a lie.”
The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, has denounced what he said ended a false narrative discomfort on the Caribbean island, speaking alongside former President Raúl Castro during a rally in front of thousands of supporters in Havana.
“What the world sees of Cuba is a lie,” Diaz-Canel said Saturday, denouncing the spread of “fake images” on social media where they “encourage and glorify outrage and the destruction of property.”
Diaz-Canel’s comments come six days after historic protests against the government.
On July 11 and 12, thousands of Cubans took to the streets in 40 cities on the island shouting “Freedom”, “Down with the dictatorship” and “We are hungry”.
One person has died and more than a hundred have been arrested, including independent journalists and opposition activists, since protests erupted over the worst economic crisis in decades.
There is an “overflowing hatred on social media,” the president said.
Stop lying, infamy and hatred. #Cuba she is deeply allergic to hate. And it will never be a land of hatred! Nothing good is built of hatred. Hate robs us of time to love and even love itself. A #Cuba, # Put Your Heart pic.twitter.com/1fM6flQqPO
– Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) July 17, 2021
Translation: [Stop the] lies, infamy and hatred. #Cuba is deeply allergic to hate. And it will never be a land of hatred! Nothing good is built out of hatred. Hate robs us of time to love and even love ourselves. In #Cuba, #Putyourheart, Diaz-Canel tweeted.
Protesters he went out into the street in Cuban cities last Sunday to protest the power outage, the rise of COVID-19, the widespread shortage of basic goods and the political system of a party.
These protests, the largest in decades in Cuba, where public dissent is restricted, disappeared this week as security forces were deployed and government supporters mobilized.
Cuba cut off Internet access to the island on Sunday and restored it on Wednesday, but access to social media and messaging apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter remained blocked on 3G and 4G networks.
Diaz-Canel, who accuses the United States of provoking the protests, said the “lie” was not committed “by chance or by mistake; it is all the cold calculation of an unconventional war manual.”
“Born to conquer and not to be conquered!” he called the crowd to the rally, which had gathered in the morning on the Malecon, the famous boulevard of Havana’s seafront.
Castro, 90, was removed due to the severity of the protests.
Shortly before the rally began, police arrested a man who shouted “Patria y Vida” (“Homeland and Life”), the title of a rap protest song that became the anthem of anti-government protesters. according to the AFP news agency.
The official newspaper, Granma, said similar rallies were called in other cities, such as Santiago de Cuba, Bayamo, Camaguey and Santa Clara.