Military representatives of the one-party socialist state tried to appease with assurances that work was being done to repair the lines. But they were silenced with angry complaints about the state’s slow work. Some protesters also called for “freedom”. Later, opponents and government supporters shouted slogans among themselves. Plainclothes police arrested at least one person. According to reports on social media, there were also protests in other parts of Havana.
“Ian” swept across the western Caribbean country on Tuesday as a Category 3-in-5 hurricane. destroyed. There was also a power outage across the country. Many people, including in areas of the capital, did not have power restored until Saturday. The water supply, which works through electric pumps, was also affected.
The Cuban power grid was already in poor condition before the storm, with frequent interruptions. These were also a trigger for anti-government demonstrations on July 11, 2021 – probably the biggest since the 1959 Cuban revolution. Hundreds of participants were sentenced to prison terms, some of them long.