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Cuba deploys the fearsome squad of "black berets" to suppress protests against the regime

The elite group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) seeks to defuse the historic demonstrations in Havana and other cities.

In the midst of the escalation of protests against the Castro regime, the government of Cuba sent the elite group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) known as "the black berets" to the streets, with the aim of deactivating the historic demonstrations that are taking place in Havana and in other cities of the island.

The fearsome armed squad patrolled the streets at dawn this Monday, hours after the government of Miguel Díaz Canel began to cut off Internet service and electricity in some cities to prevent the spread of repression and the actions of the agents.

"They have just told me from San Antonio that there is a gigantic brigade of black berets, they beat and shoot tear gas, that the people do not give in. They have cut off the power and they are without internet so that they cannot publish the testimony of what is happening at this time, "denounced activist Tania Bruguera from her Facebook account.

In this sense, she added: "Dignity does not bend, a place in the history of this struggle to live with rights is all yours! Palma Soriano, Güira de Melena, Alquizar, Caimito, Regla and we follow in your footsteps. We have the right to demonstrate peacefully and today we will not let it be taken away. Homeland and life.

Hours before, the Cuban government had assured that it is willing to defend the revolution "at whatever price is necessary."

"We will defend the Cuban Revolution at the price that is necessary!" proclaimed the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gerardo Peñalver, in a tweet accompanied by a video of communist sympathizers marching shouting "I am Fidel!" and brandishing Cuban flags.

Miguel Díaz-Canel , surprised by the spontaneous demonstrations that broke out in various cities of the country - including Havana - gave the revolutionaries "the order of combat", calling for them to "take to the streets wherever these provocations are going to take place, from now on and in all these days."

The United States government then reacted on Sunday by warning Cuban authorities about the use of violence against "peaceful protesters."

"The United States supports freedom of expression and assembly in Cuba and would strongly condemn any use of violence against peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights," US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan noted on Twitter.

According to the data site Inventario, a total of forty demonstrations were registered on Sunday, scattered throughout the Cuban territory.

Most of them were broadcast live on social networks, in a country where the arrival of mobile Internet only occurred in 2018 and served to promote the demands of civil society.

At noon on Sunday, access to 3G was also cut off in much of the country and it was only restored in the middle of the afternoon.

"Cuba is not yours!" shouted a crowd gathered in front of the offices of the Communist Party (PCC), the only authorized political formation in Cuba.

"We are hungry", "Freedom" and "Down with the dictatorship" were other slogans that chanted during the day, whose development motivated the president to move to San Antonio de los Baños, the small town of the first concentration.

Source: Clarín
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