Cienfuegos protest in front of the provincial government for the blackouts

Dozens of Cubans gathered on Friday night in front of the Cienfuegos provincial government headquarters, in Martí Park, to protest the prolonged blackouts affecting that town.

A video sent to CyberCuba shows outraged people in front of the provincial government building asking them to turn on the power.

The incident occurred on the night of August 5 and everything in the city was dark, except for the government offices, which do not lack electricity service, the material shows.

“Turn on the current”, “This is already an abuse”, “We await an answer”, the citizens demanded.

One woman stated that the authorities responded, however, that they could not restore service.

As blackouts continue to be reported throughout the country, the outrage of the population grows in most Cuban provinces.

The day before, the regime recognized that a group of Cubans burned the Rancho Villa state restaurant in the Rafael Freyre municipality as a sign of protestin the province of Holguin.

A source in neighboring Gibara, where the International Film Festival is currently being held, despite the crisis the country is going through, told CyberCuba that the fire was intentional, in protest at the constant and prolonged power cuts. The authorities also recognized that it was sabotage.

The authorities try to repress signs of discontent. The organization Justice 11J has documented at least 26 arrests on the island since June, when the demonstrations in opposition to the constant power outages intensified. Among those arrested is a 15-year-old girl who was arrested in the protests on August 2 in Cienfuegos province.

That same day, a group of Cubans living in the town of San Fernando de Camarones, in the Cienfuegos municipality of Palmira, demonstrated in the middle of a blackout, and took it upon themselves to clarify that the lack of power was not the only reason for their discontent.

“You have abandoned an entire country, because it is not this town… it is the whole of Cuba,” said one of the neighbors who acted as a kind of spokesperson before the authorities who, accompanied by police officers, appeared at the scene.

“The problem is not the current… it is misery and hunger,” said another young woman bluntly.

In accordance with Justice 11J “[Las protestas] They respond directly both to the energy and economic crises in the country (among others, systemic or structural), as well as to the lack of freedoms and the rejection of figures of political power and the limited avenues of participation,” the organization said in a statement. .

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