what's happening in cuba?
for more than 60 years, the Caribbean island of Cuba has been under the control of an oppressive dictatorship that constantly lies and hides what they are doing. there is no religious freedom and the personal property of citizens is taken from them. any protests or even mild complaint towards the government can result in being arrested or even death.
no one is allowed to leave the country, most cuban immigrants who are here have arrived illegally except for the two boat lifts that happened decades ago. there are grown adults, 50 to 60 years old, that have no idea of freedom and there are kids being born and dying in this terrible country.
cuban refugees crossing the straits of florida. the top right is a photo of the Mariel boatlift, where hundreds of exiles were forced out of cuba for not agreeing with the government, their sexuality, religion, or for being criminals. not all of the marielitos fell into these categories, some of them left by choice.
the bottom right shows a makeshift boat created by cuban refugees to be able to cross the straits out of cuba. 1 out of 3 refugees dies crossing the straits, and yet so many of them still take this opportunity to flee from the dictatorship.
linked here is a video of a man who windsurfed across the straits.
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what's happening now?
the people of cuba are attempting to protest and fight back against the police in large numbers. due to the silencing nature of the government, many of the people peacefully protesting have been killed, arrested, or injured, simply for showing their discontent with the government after more than 60 years of tyranny.
the san isidro movement is one started by a group of artists who had been banned for their political opinions. a lot of them are being arrested or beaten by the police. maykel osorbo, one of these artists, was beaten and incarcerated several times for leading the movement.
footage and images of the protests:
clip of Luis Robles is arrested for simply holding up a sign in protest
clip of Man is forcibly restrained by police after peacefully protesting in the street, only caught on camera due to the man recording it.
image: maykel osorbo is beaten by the police. NOTE: the image contains small amounts of blood. do not open the image if you do not wish to see it.
Maykel Osorbo holding up his arm with a single handcuff on it after the police attempted to arrest him. They did not succeed in arresting him because, after they came to his house, his neighbors intervened and prevented his arrest. This link is to a video of the attempted arrest.
video 1 of a peaceful protest
video 2 of a peaceful protest
Article of Yoandi Montiel, Lazaro Jesus Montiel de la Rosa, and Abdel Valle Perez. Below is a photo of them three. These three men have completely disappeared for speaking against the government. From left to right, the photo shows Perez, Lazaro Montiel, and Yoandi Montiel.
a video yoandi's mother uploaded to YouTube pleading for her son back.
a video of the participants in the hunger strike. shown in the video is the names of the people participating as well as footage of many of them passed out from hunger.
how can you help?
unfortunately, there is no way to donate to people in cuba. if there is one then i will add it here in the near future. it cannot be emphasized enough, do NOT donate to anything run by the cuban government, as none of it will go to the citizens.
the best thing you can do is tell other people. most people don't know what goes on there and are fooled by the pretty beaches and fake tourist attractions. what lies behind is one of the longest crises in modern history with no end in sight. please, continue to raise awareness.
a band known as gente de zona, yotuel, and several other artists released a song called patria y vida and are trying to use that to raise awareness about the cuban government's corruption. the link for the song is below:
patria y vida
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