Cuba: Official TV Program Calls Not to Repress Marches

The controversial television program “Con filo” asked Cuban “public servants” to refrain from repressing the protests over the blackouts that the entire country is suffering, and instead “show up” and dialogue with the people.

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Given the demonstrations that have erupted in recent weeks in different locations on the island, government leaders must “talk to the people, with transparency and sensitivity, without fear or squeamishness, show their faces,” said Thursday night his driver Michel Torres.

This is an unusual position in state media about the demonstrations in Cubawhere the independent press is illegal.

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The program “Con filo”, broadcast twice a week in prime time, emerged as an official response to criticism against the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel, on social networks, in which the “haters” interact, as the authorities call his detractors and the “cyberclarias”, denomination of these to the pro-government.

Torres called for a response with “zero repression and a lot of dialogue,” as happened last Tuesday, when mothers with their children blocked the National Highway and demanded to be attended by President Díaz-Canel.

On July 14, dozens of people took to the streets in Los Palacios, 116 km west of Havana, to protest by banging their cauldrons against a blackout. Without registering acts of vandalism or repression.

Since then there have been dozens of protests, almost always at night against the blackouts, which since May have punished the island, some lasting up to 12 hours.

According to the independent media outlet El Toque, as of August 3 there had been 26 protests.

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Those demonstrations come a year after those in July last year, when crowds took to the streets in more than 50 towns and cities in the biggest protests in 60 years.

With acts of violence by demonstrators and strong police repression, these protests left one dead, dozens injured, and more than 1,300 detainees, of whom some 700 are still in prison, according to the NGO Cubalex, based in Miami.

The new Cuban Constitution allows freedom of demonstration and assembly, “as long as it is exercised with respect for the law and public order, and as long as it is peaceful and does not attempt to attack the system that we democratically elected in the 2019 referendum.” ″, argued Torres.

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