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San Isidro movement

Date: 15 December 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous


The Movimiento San Isidro, or the San Isidro Movement (MSI) by artists and activists demanding greater freedom of expression is fast grabbing the limelight.





  • The movement started in September 2018, when the Cuban government sought to enforce Decree 349, a law that would have given powers to the nation’s Culture Ministry to restrict cultural activity it did not approve of.

  • To protest against the decree, artists, poets, journalists, and activists gathered in San Isidro, a Black-majority locality that is among Havana’s poorest yet most culturally active wards, and which also forms part of the Old Havana UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The greater access to internet, as provisioned under deal with US, allowed citizens to spread their word over the internet and grow the movement.

  • When the MSI demonstrated outside Cuba’s parliament against the controversial censorship measure, the government was forced to heed to public sentiment, and agreed to suspend the decree’s enforcement.

  • The Cuban leadership has continued to criticise the MSI, calling it an agent of “Yankee imperialism,” unwittingly increasing its popularity around the world. 



  • Cuba is a country located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic Ocean meet.

  • The main island of Cuba is the largest island in Cuba and in the Caribbean. Cuba is the second-most populous country in the Caribbean after Haiti.

  • The country was a point of contention during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, and a nuclear war nearly broke out during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. 

  • Cuba is a sovereign state and a founding member of the United Nations, the G77, the Non-Aligned Movement, the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States, ALBA, and the Organization of American States.