Cuba President Miguel Díaz-Canel is reportedly calling on his supporters to “defend the revolution,” a move which reporter Yoani Sánchez says is setting the stage for civil war:
— Marc R. Masferrer (@MRMasferrer) July 11, 2021
“We will be in the streets fighting,” Díaz-Canel warned.
“#11JCuba ‘We will be in the streets fighting,’ threatened Díaz-Canel after protests throughout Cuba against the dictatorship”:
— 14ymedio (@14ymedio) July 12, 2021
And things could get much more violent:
As the uprising spreads throughout #Cuba, @DiazCanelB warns protesters they could face a strong, even violent response. "We are willing to do anything." https://t.co/vznFpCVxXr https://t.co/0vPVDOmjAH
— Nora Gámez Torres (@ngameztorres) July 11, 2021
The regime is also now reportedly targeting journalists:
#CUBA: As protests erupt, CPJ is getting reports of authorities harassing journalists and of possible Internet disruptions.
Journalists in Cuba have the right to report on these events of clear public interest without censorship.
We are monitoring the situation.
— CPJ Américas (@CPJAmericas) July 11, 2021
AP photographer Ramón Espinosa ended up with a large gash under his eye after a tussle with Cuban police oficers.
“All my solidarity with colleague Ramón Espinosa, photographer of @AP, who was beaten by the police. #SOSCuba”:
— Abraham Jiménez Enoa (@JimenezEnoa) July 12, 2021
“The photographer @AP_respinosa, from the agency @AP, in a struggle with the Cuban Police while covering the protest against the Government in Havana”:
— Agence France-Presse (@AFPespanol) July 12, 2021
There are unconfirmed reports that a roundup of journalists has begun:
— Michael K. Lavers (He/Él) (@mklavers81) July 12, 2021
And two jounros for 14ymedio are reportedly missing.
“They repress and censor. The day has come and they don’t want to accept that people have already said “this far.” Without internet, without supplies and with the streets taken by the police, that’s how we are. At least two collaborators of @14ymedio missing.#SOSCuba”:
Reprimen y censuran. Llegó el día y no quieren aceptar que ya la gente dijo "hasta aquí". Sin internet, sin suministros y con las calles tomadas por la policía, así estamos. Al menos dos colaboradores de @14ymedio desaparecidos. #SOSCuba
— Yoani Sánchez 🇨🇺 (@yoanisanchez) July 11, 2021
The New York Times and Twitter battle it out for the worst take on the protests in Cuba https://t.co/i2o3n9TSNY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 12, 2021
‘Libertad!’: Massive demonstrations against the dictatorship break out in Cuba https://t.co/kHc2wPC3F0
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 11, 2021