Cuban officials say one person died during the nationwide anti-government demonstrations on the 12th. Activists also said at least 100 people have been arrested and dozens detained as tandem demonstrations abroad continue.
Cuba’s state-run news agency, citing Interior Ministry officials, reported that Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, a 36-year-old man, was killed in a “riot” on the outskirts of Havana on Dec. 12.
In addition, San Isidro, an organization that advocates freedom of expression in Cuba, released a list of 144 people arrested or reported missing after demonstrations in dozens of towns on the evening of Dec. 12.
The largest demonstrations in Cuba since the 1950s revolution have erupted in recent days, with large numbers of people taking to the streets to protest the worst economic crisis in 30 years, chronic shortages of electricity, food and medicine, and the intensification of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) epidemic.
A 50-year-old woman visiting her 21-year-old son at a Havana police station revealed, “The police took him from his home, handcuffed him, and beat him. They took many people, old and young, from the left and right neighborhoods.”
Faced with a wave of demonstrations in the country, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denied “social unrest” and insisted that the people still “support the revolution and their government.