The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, expressed on Sunday his condemnation of Cuba’s “dictatorial regime” for “calling on civilians to repress” and for promoting confrontation against those who lead protests against the regime.
In a message on Twitter, Almagro thus responded to the call made by the Cuban dictator, Miguel Díaz-Canel, asking his supporters to be ready for “combat” against the thousands of demonstrators who have taken to the streets in several cities of the island to protest against tyranny.
“We recognize the legitimate demand of Cuban society for medicine, food and fundamental freedoms. We condemn the Cuban dictatorial regime for calling for civilian repression and confrontation against those exercising their rights to protest,” Almagro said in his message on social networks.
Thousands of Cubans took to the streets this Sunday to protest against the regime shouting “freedom!” in an unprecedented day that resulted in hundreds of arrests and clashes after dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel urged his supporters to go out and confront the demonstrators, promoting a civil war.
The protests, the strongest to occur in Cuba since the so-called “maleconazo” of August 1994, come with the country mired in a severe economic and health crisis that has dragged on for decades, with the pandemic out of control and severe shortages of food, medicine and other basic products, in addition to lengthy power cuts.
“The order to fight has been given, the revolutionaries to the streets,” the Cuban dictator urged.