Original title: 100,000 people in Cuba took to the streets to oppose U.S. hegemony, and Castro came
[文/观察者网 王世纯]According to Cuba’s “Latin American News Agency”, on July 17, local time, 100,000 Cubans participated in a rally organized by the Cuban government in the capital Havana. The people at the meeting condemned the United States for imposing a trade embargo against Cuba and reiterated its support for the Cuban revolution. Comrade Raul Castro, the 90-year-old former first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, also participated in the rally. Cuban President Diaz-Canel attended the rally and delivered a speech.
Before dawn that day, the assemblers gathered on the seaside promenade of Havana. They waved the Cuban flag, the “July 26th Revolution Anniversary” flag, the late Cuban revolutionary leader Comrade Fidel Castro and Raul Cass Comrade Trow’s photo to express support for Cuban socialism.
Raul Castro also appeared at the rally that day. When Castro appeared on the scene with the Cuban flag in his right hand, the Cuban people participating in the parade burst into cheers. In addition to the capital Havana, the Cuban government stated that similar rallies have also been held in many parts of the country.
It is worth mentioning that this demonstration organized by the Cuban government was hardly covered by Western media, which is in sharp contrast to the intensive coverage of the situation in Cuba by Western media last week.
Reuters is one of the few Western media to report. Reuters quoted social worker Margaret Atga who participated in the march as saying that the workers who participated in the Havana rally were convened by the Cuban Community Street Committee “Revolutionary Defense Committee”. Yes, a bus picked her up from her home at 4 in the morning for the rally. Atga told Reuters: “This revolution will last a long time.”
The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the State Diaz-Canel attended the rally and delivered a speech. He said that Cuba’s “enemies have once again been engaged in destroying citizens’ “sacred unity and tranquility””. With the increasing number of new coronary pneumonia cases across the country, it is not a trivial matter to gather everyone to hold a rally, but “we call you to once again condemn the blockade, aggression and terrorism.” Canel said that Comrade Fidel Castro has left Cuba with a wealth of revolutionary experience, and Cuba can overcome all difficulties.
On July 11, protests broke out in the capital of Cuba, Havana, and the western town of San Antonio de los Bagno. Cuban President Diaz-Canel then went to an incident site to communicate with the people and gave two television speeches. In his speech, he condemned the U.S. government for funding anti-Cuban forces, and criticized that the U.S. government continued to strengthen its blockade against Cuba during the new crown epidemic. The purpose was to stifle the Cuban economy and cause social unrest. He demanded that the U.S. lift the blockade against Cuba and respect Cuban sovereignty.
The Cuban Embassy in China stated on its official Weibo account on July 15 that the situation in Cuba is normal and that the Cuban government continues to exercise its administrative functions nationwide under the leadership of its ruling party (the Communist Party). The Cuban Revolution continues to receive the majority support of the Cuban people, overseas Chinese and governments around the world.