Generalized blackout: anger rumbles in Cuba

Wide outage: Anger brews in Cuba

UPGRADE DAY

The slow restoration of electricity in Cuba, after the widespread blackout due to the passage of Hurricane Ian, fed the discontent of the population Friday in Havana, after demonstrations the day before in several neighborhoods of the capital. 

“People are tired,” dissident Martha Beatriz Roque told AFP, who did not rule out that the protests would continue “if electricity is not restored throughout the country, because people are also demonstrating. for water”.

The lack of power jeopardizes the food reserves that Cubans store in their freezers and prevents the pumping of water from the springs that supply the capital.

Ms. Roque said that in several districts of the capital of 2.1 million inhabitants, such as Bacuranao, Cerro, Alamar, Parraga, residents had gathered in the streets, sometimes burning braziers.

At the same time, the internet was inaccessible Thursday evening for approximately seven hours, with no access, particularly on mobile phones.

Mass blackout: anger brews in Cuba

Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

Wide outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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Wide outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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Gé ;nized: Anger Rumbles in Cuba

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Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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Gé ;nized: Anger Rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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Global failure ;nized: Anger Rumbles in Cuba

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Wide outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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Mass outage: Anger brews in Cuba

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General outage: Anger rumbles in Cuba

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“As we follow reports of peaceful protests in Cuba tonight and internet shutdowns, we urge the regime to respect the constitutional rights of its citizens to peaceful assembly,” the U.S. Embassy said on its statement. Twitter account.

NetBlocks, a London-based site that monitors internet blockages around the world, said Thursday evening that “measurements show a virtual disappearance of internet traffic in Cuba”. But Friday morning the site pointed out that “the connection was being restored” in the island.

Ian, a powerful category 3 hurricane, caused three deaths and significant damage in The west of the country. It also caused a widespread breakdown in the electricity system, plunging the 11.2 million Cubans into the dark.

“There is not enough production capacity to cover the demand”, recognized Friday Lazaro Guerra, one of the persons in charge for the public electricity company, Union Electrica (UNE).

Friday, 60% of the 856.000 users of the capital had again the electricity according to the company, against 37% the day before.

“Everything will not be resolved at once, but everything will be taken care of and no one will be left behind”, declared Thursday the President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

“The protests reflect society's dual weariness of government incompetence and regime exhaustion. Which makes them political protests,” opponent Manuel Cuesta Morua told AFP.