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The U.S. is “cleverly preparing” a coup in Cuba

Thousands of anti-government protests broke out in Cuba. The demonstrations, during which even demands for the resignation of the authorities are heard, have become the largest for the Island of Freedom since 1994. Their scale seems all the more unexpected against the background of the fact that just two years ago the leadership of the republic significantly liberalized local legislation, and this was supported by the overwhelming majority of Cubans.

The protests began in the cities of San Antonio de Los Banos in the west of the island and in Palma Soriano in the east. At first, only a few hundred Cubans came to the demonstrations, but the recent easing in the use of the Internet, adopted by the authorities, played against it — in a matter of minutes, information about the rallies spread across the Network and in a couple of hours the number of demonstrators reached thousands.

The demonstrations quickly spread to the Cuban capital — a column of demonstrators marched through the center of Havana at noon. It is symptomatic that among the usual and concise slogans like “Freedom, Motherland!” there were calls for the departure of President Miguel Diaz-Canel. The rapid radicalization of seemingly peaceful marches at first is indicated by the fact that the protesters quickly and harshly began to respond to attempts to disperse: they turned over police cars, engaged in open clashes with law enforcement officers, throwing stones at them.

The police carried out several hundred arrests and even used pepper gas and batons. Eyewitnesses also talk about the pulling of military equipment into the cities, in particular, armored vehicles equipped with machine guns.

“I am here because of hunger, because there are no medicines, because of the power outage, because we lack everything,” The Guardian quoted one of the protesters, a 40-year-old Cuban, as saying. Similar comments quickly flooded social networks: people shared photos of empty shelves of stores and pharmacies.

The authorities decided to seize the initiative — already at 15: 00 local time, all the broadcasts of all local TV channels were interrupted by the broadcast of the address of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel. “We call on all revolutionaries in the country, all communists to take to the streets wherever there is an attempt to arrange provocations,” said the head of state, who also heads the Communist Party.

At the same time, Diaz-Canel “walked” around the United States. Without ruling out that some of the demonstrators acted sincerely, he accused Washington of inciting destabilization.

The reaction from the United States followed immediately-Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie J. Chang emphasized the peaceful nature of the Cuban protests and stressed that they are connected, first of all, with the difficult epidemiological situation on the Island of Freedom — the day before, a record number of coronavirus cases was again recorded there, almost seven thousand people.

However, such rhetoric is very sly. If former US President Barack Obama tried to restore relations with Cuba and avoid confrontation, then the administration of Donald Trump has increased sanctions pressure — on all fronts. The current owner of the White House, Joe Biden, during the election campaign, promised to return to Obama's course in the Cuban direction.

However, this, apparently, turned out to be nothing more than an election ploy in order to enlist the support of a larger number of Democrats (it is among them that supporters of reconciliation with Havana dominate). After taking office, Biden said that the sanctions will not be lifted.

It is precisely because of the continuation of sanctions that the situation in Cuba has approached critically.

The problem is that the country is limited in the possibilities of cooperation with other states, Europe, etc.

Companies are afraid to invest in the Cuban economy because in this case, American sanctions can hit them with a ricochet. The Cuban banking sector also suffers from this. And, of course, the pandemic has worsened the situation. The traditionally developed local pharmacy has helped Cuban specialists develop at least two of their own vaccines, but the mortality rate is nevertheless growing, there are not enough medicines and products for everyone, the authorities have even returned to the distribution system for everyday goods, products and medicines.

The situation is actually a stalemate: President Diaz-Canel, probably, instead of solving objective problems, will prefer to consolidate his supporters in order to create a counterweight to the protesters and demonstrate the level of his support. Demonstrative “landings” of those who will be counted among the organizers of the rallies are also not excluded.

As for the American position, according to experts, Biden will not lift the sanctions in any case in the short term. "He hopes that the deterioration of the situation will provoke the Cuban population to greater activity and this will subsequently allow the United States to impose a new normalization on its own terms.

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