Cuban authorities try to appease angry public, make partial concessions

Three days after historic demonstrations across the country in Cuba, the government is trying to appeal for unity and explain the economic difficulties that are at the root of popular discontent. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has denounced the impact of the U.S. embargo on the Cuban economy, but for the population, the rhetoric about the embargo no longer seems to be working. On Wednesday the authorities restored the circulation of the Internet and the population became even more distrustful of the official narrative.

According to the station, the Cuban government is trying to calm and respond to the public after the massive demonstrations that shook the country on Sunday. Cuba has announced an economic measure aimed at reassuring the population: there will be no more taxes or restrictions on the import of food, health products and medicines. This measure was announced at a time when it is very difficult to get in and out of Cuba.

The Cuban government continues to justify economic difficulties by denouncing the U.S. sanctions and embargo. President Miguel Diaz-Canel also denounced the vandalism and hateful mentality of some demonstrators on Sunday, and the president denied that thousands of people were arrested, alleging defamation and manipulation of information. What we must encourage is to try to find solutions among all of us, even if we sometimes have different views on certain issues, said the Cuban President.

But among the population today, there is still a suspicion full of the authorities, the report said. Cubans want change, they want more freedom.

As mobile networks were restored on Wednesday, a flood of messages and videos of all kinds poured into social networks. Cubans who still dared to speak out were shocked by the violence of some of the scenes filmed on Sunday, and rejection and condemnation of the police crackdown on the population filled online comments.

Many Cuban public figures, especially in the cultural world, came out of their usual low-profile reserve to support the demonstrators and criticize the police crackdown.