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Peaceful Cuban Protest in Funchal

A group of Cuban citizens residing in Madeira have organized a ‘peaceful demonstration,’ for Wednesday the 21st of July, at 3 pm, in front of the Cathedral of Funchal.

Thousands of Cubans took to the streets last week in protest against the communist government, which led to an unprecedented number of arrests and several clashes with the authorities.  The protests, the biggest since the ‘Maleconazo’ of August 1994, occurred as Cuba plunges headlong into a financial and health crisis, compounded by the surging numbers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and a serious shortage of food, medicine and other resources including electricity.  

“The Cuban people” stated Madeiran representative, Katy Méndez, “are desperate and suffering.  We are protesting peacefully to show our anger at a totalitarian dictator, who cannot meet the needs of the people.”

The protest has been authorised by the  Funchal City Council, and all those attending will comply with the mandatory pandemic health and safety measures.

Samantha Gannon

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