Correspondent in Havana
The militarization and isolation of various areas in the country has been the response of the Havana regime to the demonstrations popular that arose in solidarity and support to the hundreds of artists, writers and intellectuals who gathered, last Friday, November 27, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture.
After the statements of Miguel Diaz-Canel, which cataloged the outbreaks of popular protests that took place in various provinces of the island as “the latest attempt to overthrow the Cuban revolution” by the Donald Trump administration, the streets of Havana were occupied by heavily armed anti-riot Special Troops.
At the same time, operatives from the dreaded Department of State Security sustain countless arrests, interrogations and constant surveillance against dozens of protesters, especially against members of the San Isidro Movement who had starred, weeks before, in a hunger strike to demand the release of Denis Solís González, one of its members sentenced in summary trial to eight months in prison for a false crime of Contempt.
According to Díaz-Canel, the San Isidro Movement is linked to “officials of the United States Government, in charge of the care and provisioning of its operational base in Cuba.”
To the discrediting campaign, by the authorities of the Cuban regime through the press media under the control of the Communist PartyThe threat to activate Article 4 of the recently reformed Constitution of the Republic, which refers to treason against the fatherland, was added.
The aforementioned Article 4 of the Magna Carta states that “the defense of the socialist homeland is the greatest honor and the supreme duty of every Cuban. Treason is the most serious of crimes, whoever commits it is subject to the most severe sanctions. The socialist system endorsed by this Constitution is irrevocable. Citizens have the right to fight by all means, including armed struggle, when no other recourse is possible, against anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order established by this Constitution.
Observers and organizations that collect information on human rights violations on the island warned that this mention of Article 4 of the Constitution is a clear sign that the Havana regime will resort to violence and repression extreme that could lead to clashes between civilians in the country.
“Cuban artists and intellectuals repudiate, denounce and condemn the inability of government institutions in Cuba to dialogue and recognize dissent, activist autonomy, empowerment of minorities and respect for human and citizen rights,” are part of the demands of the hundreds of Cubans who have joined the peaceful protests.
Demands that the regime repeatedly calls terrorists and mercenaries. In Díaz-Canel’s own words, dialogue with his government will only have space for «whatever for socialism and for everything that is for the Revolution.