Protests are permitted below the Cuban structure. Nevertheless, the federal government had vowed to not enable Monday’s deliberate demonstrations — supposed to name for higher political freedoms — claiming they had been a pretext to fire up hassle on the communist-run island, and that they’d been secretly organized by Cuban exiles and the US.
The town of Havana noticed a heavy police presence on Monday morning as authorities ready to face potential protesters. In the end, streets remained quiet, nonetheless — proof of the chilling results of the federal government’s warnings.
In keeping with the Havana-based unbiased human rights group Cubalex, Cuban police arrested 11 individuals, whereas 50 others had been “besieged” inside their houses to forestall any public gathering.
On Monday, Cuban activist Saily Gonzalez Velazquez mentioned in a video broadcast reside on Fb that authorities supporters had been blocking her home in Santa Clara to forestall her from attending the protests.
“At 5:30 within the morning individuals referred to as by the Cuban authorities arrived in my neighborhood. I do know they had been referred to as by the Cuban authorities due to the indicators they had been carrying,” she advised CNN, including, “They performed music and once I bought out of my home, they began yelling at me and my household.”
The activist additionally alleged that these outdoors her house had been giving her demise threats.
Within the movies, a gaggle of individuals might be seen outdoors her home holding indicators and yelling, and chants of “traitor” could be heard from the gang. The group could be seen holding indicators that learn “Nothing can defeat us” and “Fatherland or Dying.”
Cuban activist, journalist and Washington Publish columnist Abraham Jimenez Enoa additionally tweeted Monday saying he was “below siege by plainclothes police and brokers.”
He tweeted, “Neighbors are telling me that immediately’s operation is bigger than yesterday’s. I can not see it from my balcony as a result of there is a tree blocking the view. I solely see his ft. Are they so afraid of journalism that may exit and inform the reality? ”
In keeping with Cubalex, among the many arrested on Monday had been Cuban citizen Agustin Figueroa Galindo, who typically writes for the opposition weblog “Primavera Digital en Cuba,” and Berta Soler Fernández, chief of “Damas de Blanco,” a corporation that advocates for the discharge of political prisoners on the island.
Cuban officers had been on edge, fearing the spontaneous island-wide protests that rocked Cuba in January and led to over 1,000 arrests, in accordance with activist teams.
However on Monday afternoon, International Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla declared Cuba was “tranquil” and that “outdoors of Cuba they created expectations that weren’t met.”
Over the weekend, Cuban authorities supporters additionally blockaded activist and playwright Yunior Garcia Aguilera’s condominium in Havana in what seemed to be a transfer to preempt the demonstration. Garcia Aguilera is the occasion’s highest-profile organizer.
A authorities supporter who lives in Garcia Aguilera’s neighborhood advised CNN he was proud to have confined the activist to his house.
American officers have threatened additional sanctions in opposition to Cuba if the protestors are arrested by police.