Cuba is currently seeing massive anti-government protests in decades. The movement has turned into a problem for ruling party.
Cuba is an authoritative state ruled by a single political party, the Cuban Communist Party. The country is already under US sanctions.
Such an intense protest is taking place after three decades. It has been fuelled by economic distress and government mismanagement during Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cuban government has not imported any vaccines for inoculation. It has however tested its homegrown Soberna 2 vaccine.
The vaccine will make Cuba the first Latin American country to have its own domestic vaccine. It has not been tested on newer variants.
In the past few days cases of the infection have soared due to the new Delta strain. This has further aggravated the already degrading economic conditions.
People have been forced to use white flags to seek financial help. The economic distress has been particularly high for tourism sector.
Situation in Cuba
Cuba has been ruled by communist regime for more than half a century. Apart from the pandemic induced problems, US sanctions have put the country in peril.
The growth of the country has fallen by more than 11 percent. There is shortage of food items such as rice in the country.
Protestors are demanding for the resignation of President Miguel Diaz-Canel. They accuse the regime of failing to respond to people’s problems.
The people are fed up with frequent power cuts. Private jobs such as taxis and hospitality sectors have suffered during past couple of years.
The government has blamed US for backing the protests through social media and on-ground spies. It says that small protests are given high publicity.