Protest erupts in eastern Cuba amid blackouts, food shortages

March 18, 2024

Diaz-Canel confirmed the Santiago protest on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, shortly after the rally concluded. "Several people have expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation of electrical service and food distribution," Diaz-Canel said. Police had arrived in Santiago to "control the situation" and to "prevent violence," according to an account posted on social media by state-run CubaDebate. Videos on social media suggest the rally was peaceful. Reuters could not immediately confirm the veracity of videos on social media of alleged protests in other Cuban cities.