Mariela Castro Espin affirmed this Tuesday that the Cuban people “were waiting for the signal” to take to the streets to face the protests anti-government of July 11, and argued that Cubans “act with attachment to the revolution in their vast majority.”
The director of CENESEX also admitted and justified the police violence unleashed, saying that in such a situation “There are things that can go hand in hand.”
“In those most acute moments, the people, who are very disciplined, wait for the signal, and as soon as it was given by our president of the republic, on television, we went out”said daughter Raúl Castro during the online presentation of a book at UNAM, in which she took the opportunity to give her point of view on the events that took place in Cuba a few more than two months ago.
The director of CENESEX insisted that every time there have been similar situations on the island, “the people want to go out into the streets.” He ignored in his statements that those who came out to protest against the government were also Cubans, and that those who came out to defend it were not mostly spontaneous, but rather police or civilian forces summoned by the government itself.
Her words have had a wide repercussion on social networks, where numerous Internet users question, in addition to the aforementioned, that she left that day, as she seems to imply with her words.
Despite the alleged desperation of the people to go out to defend the government, Mariela argued that, in order not to damage “possible political decisions,” “the people” waited for a higher command voice, given in this case by Miguel Díaz-Canel in his controversial televised speech in the afternoon of Sunday, July 11.
Castro Espín also affirmed that the United States ignores that “the Cuban people act with attachment to the Revolution for the most part, that they have a deep anti-imperialist formation, that they are committed to their own project and they want to continue defending it at the cost that be it, even with life ”.
During a meeting with Cuban journalists in August, Miguel Díaz-Canel said he believed the order was correct that gave on July 11 to take to the streets to face the protests.
“I made a call to the people that day because it seems to me that it was the right thing to do, and it is something that I do not regret or will regret, it was necessary to defend counter-demonstrations that were not peaceful at all, and that is a story that they have also put ”Said the president during his speech at the meeting with journalists, in which he tried to discredit the protests and deny their peaceful nature.
Díaz-Canel also defended the use of force, and said that there was a “set-up” according to which if he asked for the support of the people, they accused him of calling for a civil war, and if he asked for the intervention of the forces of internal order, the complaint it was of “tortured and disappeared.”
More of 500 Cubans remain in detention two months after the outbreak 11J on the island, as announced on September 13 by Cubalex, a non-governmental organization specialized in the defense of Human Rights in Cuba.
In total, 1,067 people have been detained since the repression against protesters was unleashed in more than 60 Cuban towns. Of these, 456 have been released, although many remain under other measures such as house arrest imposed on independent journalists, activists and anonymous citizens.