Protesters Take to Streets in Cuba as Lights Go Out Across Island

March 18, 2024

(Bloomberg) -- Protesters took to the streets of Cuba on Sunday in a rare outburst of social unrest as a fresh wave of blackouts exacerbated tensions on the cash-strapped island. Most Read from BloombergSocial media posts showed crowds of people in Santiago de Cuba, the second-largest city, chanting “corriente y comida” — power and food — as police looked on. As images of protests swamped social media, there were reports of Internet and mobile service outages across parts of the island. State-run news outlets acknowledged that people took to the streets in Santiago as a result of fuel shortages and the economic crisis. “Networks of mediocre politicians and terrorists lined up in South Florida were trying to heat up the streets of Cuba with their interventionist messages and calls for chaos,” he wrote on X Monday morning.