In Cuba, there have been reports of heavy attacks on demonstrators who have taken to the streets to defend their right to protest peaceful. For this reason, the international gaze remains focused on the unrest that has been taking place in that island country.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel recently accused porn star Mia Khalifa of being an “ally of the U.S. government” to encourage the ongoing unrest and protests.
“They went to all the YouTubers and influencers they could, including a certain artist, with certain characteristics, who started supporting the blockade and it seems that they then pressured her and ended up saying that I am a tyrant,” Diaz-Canel said referring to Khalifa.
I thought this was a joke when I heard of it, but Cuba’s dictator did, in fact, go on national television this morning and accused @MiaKhalifa of working with the American government to fuel yesterday’s protests against the regime. Lmfaooo!!!#SOSCuba🇨🇺 #PatriaYVida pic.twitter.com/s5QgzXJazx
– Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) July 12, 2021
This comment was due to the fact that the 28-year-old has published tweets in which she refers to the situation in Cuba and questions, among some aspects, the distribution of public resources.
“How come they have money for these troops, but not for soap in the bathrooms of their hospital? Not the hospital of tourists, that of its citizens. We know that the tourist hospital is in perfect condition,” one of the tweets reads.
How do y’all have money for these troops, but not for soap in your hospital bathrooms? Not the hospital for tourists, the one for your citizens. We know the tourist hospital is in great condition @DiazCanelB https://t.co/rHa5NBIRGf
– Mia K. (@miakhalifa) July 11, 2021
“My God, we call the Lebanese president ‘Bay el Khara’. Cubans and Lebanese have a lot in common! Corrupt leadership and U.S. sanctions that do not harm corrupt leaders, but innocent civilians,” he wrote in another.
Omg we call the Lebanese President “Bay el Khara.” Cubans and Lebanese have so much in common! Corrupt leadership, and American sanctions that don’t hurt the corrupt leaders, but rather the innocent civilians. https://t.co/o0qvDbkYAt
– Mia K. (@miakhalifa) July 9, 2021
Mine strongly replied to Diaz-Canel through a tweet, after learning of the statement he made: “Oy, singao… No government pays me to spread awareness of its inhumanity to its people. I do it for free and in my free time.”
– Mia K. (@miakhalifa) July 12, 2021
Crisis in Cuba
Since July 12, thousands of Cubans have demonstrated, chanting harangues of freedom and demanding concessions from the socialist dictatorial government.
Since 1962, Cuba’s political system has been Marxist-Leninist in nature, advocating the socialization of the means of production, communal ownership of land and the self-management of productive organizations.
Despite being one of the countries with the highest life expectancy on the continent, it has been hit hard by the health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the NGO Reporters Without Borders, in 2021 Cuba ranked as one of the countries with the lowest rate of press freedom and, according to Wall Street Journal, the economic freedom there is among the smallest in the region.
These reasons are in addition to the personal reasons that thousands of Cubans who are still on the streets have and who in most cases are attacked by the Armed Forces under the order of President Miguel Diaz-Canel.