After Hurricane Ian left Cuba in the dark, protestors took to the streets. Now the government is set to charge them with crimes…
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, protests took to the streets around Cuba. These mostly took the form of angry citizens, who are demanding that the nation provide food and water to the hungry and afflicted.
“The government is refusing all requests from the population to provide food and water. People are beginning to worry that there will be riots as people are without water and are afraid of the rain and snow,” said a local media source. “Residents are living in fear after these storms.”
The Cubans are living in fear after these storms. This is the result of a U.S. embargo that prevents them from getting food, water and medical supplies.
The U.S. has also barred Cubans from visiting relatives in other countries, so many parents have resorted to using their children as a financial resource.
“Last year when the U.S. embargo came to an end, we started moving money from relatives to other relatives, and sending friends to relatives. Now, when someone is sick, their friends use their children to send them money, they send friends to relatives because children have fewer problems than adults. But still they don’t have access to medical aid. They don’t have access to medical care,” explained a mother.
In other words, this has a very sad outcome.
“When the hurricane came, no one had any money. People were afraid that people would start looting. People were afraid that they would die,” said another mother that works with the government.
This is the result of a U.S. embargo that prevents them from getting food, water and medical supplies.
Another woman said, “When Hurricane Ian came to Cubay, after years of hunger, after years of no money, the people were looking for food. They were looking for medicine. Now, if you go to any rural city or village, you will find that people just don’t have any money. The people lost all of their money — every single peso dollar they had.”