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Protests in Cuba: the Twitter accounts you should follow | Digital Trends Spanish

Like the biggest social protests in Cuba in 60 years. This has been described by some sectors of a series of demonstrations that broke out since July 11 and that maintain the attention of the international community on the Caribbean island.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and a prolonged economic crisis are at the center of social unrest. The opposition to the communist regime accuses that in the country the health system is collapsed, in addition to a shortage of medical supplies and personal hygiene. However, local authorities attribute the demonstrations to destabilizing attempts by the United States and the economic sanctions on the island.

The Caribbean country has a single party political system – the Communist Party of Cuba – which exercises tight control over the media, including social networks. The regime has ruled for more than six decades, which is why the international community considers it a dictatorship.

Human rights organizations

Cuban protesters gather outside the Capitol in Havana to protest against the government of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

International Amnesty

Amnesty International is a global movement present in more than 150 countries that works to ensure that human rights are recognized and respected. It has given visibility to the protests in Cuba.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), which promotes the defense and respect of human rights. He has denounced abuses by the Cuban authorities.

Erika guevara

Erika Guevara is the director for the Americas of Amnesty International, the international organization that promotes the defense of human rights. He has denounced the shortage of supplies in Cuba and given visibility to critical voices of the regime.

Jose Miguel Vivanco

José Miguel Vivanco is the executive director of the Americas Division of Humans Right Watch (HRW), a non-governmental organization dedicated to the investigation, defense and promotion of human rights based in the United States.

Opposition groups and leaders

San Isidro Movement

Founded in 2018, San Isidro is an artistic movement created by artists and intellectuals who are part of the so-called Cuban dissidence. They have developed multiple protests, including the creation of a Museum of Dissidence.

Rosa Maria Payá

Rosa María Payá is the daughter of the late leader of the Cuban opposition Oswaldo Payá – promoter of the Varela Project, which advocated for profound political changes – and is currently the leader of the Cuba Decide Foundation, which demands a binding plebiscite for a democratic solution.

Yoani Sanchez

Cuban journalist blogger Yoani Sánchez has been one of the visible faces of the Cuban opposition for decades. Currently, she is the director of the Cuban digital medium 14 and a half.

Yotuel romero

The rapper and actor Yotuel has been one of the main protagonists of the opposition. He composed the song Patria y vida, which has become an anthem of the protests, and has viralized the protest actions through the hashtag #SOSCuba. Although it is present on Twitter, it usually shares information through Instagram.

Yusnaby perez

Eduardo Rodríguez is a Cuban journalist and blogger who in the mid-2010s became known under the pseudonym Yusnaby Pérez, with which he managed to violate the informational fences of the island’s authorities. Today he maintains this account and a personal one, with his real name.

Official accounts

Protests in Cuba
A Cuban woman demonstrates to support the authorities of the Cuban regime. GettyImages

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

Miguel Díaz-Canel is the president of Cuba and first secretary of the Central Committee of the PCC. He has served as head of state since 2019, when he took over from the resigned Raúl Castro, one of the leaders of the 1959 Cuban Revolution along with the late Fidel Castro.

Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla

Bruno Rodríguez Padilla is a Cuban diplomat who has served as Foreign Minister of the Cuban government since 2009. As such, it has had to respond publicly to the actions of the authorities in the face of the protests. Before taking office, he headed Cuban humanitarian medical missions in Haiti (2004) and Pakistan (2005-2006).

Jose Angel Portal Miranda

José Ángel Portal is the Minister of Health of Cuba and he has had to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. During his tenure, the country developed the three-dose Abdala vaccine, which offers an efficacy of 92.28% against the disease.

Granma Newspaper

It is the main Cuban newspaper and the official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. In addition to news information, it publishes the speeches of the leaders of the Cuban government, official announcements and stories about the Cuban Revolution. It has digital editions available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.

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