Tokig tant wrote: ↑
Tue 14 Jun 2022, 18:27
På Kuba fängslas människor som protesterar mot den kubanska regimen.
128 personer dömda till fängelse i 6 till 30 år.
Inget att förvånas över i en stat, styrd av det enda existerande och tillåtna partiet, kommunistpartiet.
Det kubanska folket förtjänar yttrandefrihet, näringsfrihet och föreningsfrihet.
In Sweden, it is obvious that Tokig tant is unable to read and understand a thread title: Vilka nationella eller regionala åtgärder mot coronavirus är evidensbaserade?
Posts about Cuba are relevant in that thread to the extent that they are about Cuba's pandemic response. I will answer her post in this thread about Cuba instead:
If Tokig tant had read the BBC article she links to, she would have known that she was lying. (And maybe she did read it and does know that she is lying but just doesn't care.)
1) In Cuba, people aren't jailed for protesting:
More than 100 people who took part in rare anti-government protests in Cuba in July have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms of between six and 30 years.
Out of the 129 defendants, only one was acquitted, with the remaining being found guilty of sedition and theft.
Thousands of Cubans took part in the demonstrations across the Communist-run island chanting for "freedom". (BBC)
So what happened to the thousands of Cubans demonstrating? Nothing. On the contrary, the Cuban president declared that he understood their frustration about the conditions in the middle of a pandemic that was hitting Cuba harder than most other countries at the time, July 2021, completely ruining tourism and leading to food shortages:
The War on Cuba — Episode 5 (Belly of the Beast on YouTube, Nov 13, 2021) 20:54 min
On July 11, unprecedented protests erupted across Cuba. Most media organizations portrayed the demonstrations as a cry for freedom against Communism. But the reality was far more complex. Journalist Liz Oliva Fernández explores the root causes of the devastating economic crisis that has pushed Cuba to the brink. She takes the viewer to Cuba’s working class neighborhoods, where we see the impact of ever-intensifying U.S. sanctions during the COVID pandemic and the near fulfillment of a 1960 State Department memo justifying the purpose of the U.S. embargo: “[to deny] money and supplies...to decrease...wages, to bring about hunger, desperation, and overthrow of government.”
The BBC version:
The protests, the largest in decades, came amid a severe economic crisis with protesters voicing anger over price increases, and shortages of food and medicine.
Many were also critical of the Cuban government's handling of the Covid pandemic.
The 128 people who were convicted weren't convicted for protesting.
They also weren't convicted for "just singing in the streets and asking for food and to have a greater say in the future of their country"
as claimed by the White House:
2) Until 2021 Cuba had managed to keep the infection down by means of face masks and restrictions, but with the arrival of the much more contagious Delta variant the number of daily new infections and daily deaths were rising rapidly, not least because Cuba had only begun to vaccinate people at that point, which at least to some extent was due to U.S. blockade against the island which prevented Cuba from getting some of chemicals necessary to produce its Soberana 2 and Soberana plus vaccines:
Sanctions In a Pandemic, Pt. 2 (Belly of the Beast on YouTube, Oct 16, 2021) 3:41 min in Spanish, texted in English
Tania Urquiza Rodríguez is the Vice President of BioCubaFarma, the country's state-run biotech conglomerate. She breaks down how U.S. sanctions have impacted Cuba's ability to produce its own vaccines and medications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
3) I myself didn't really start following what was happening in Cuba pandemic-wise until July 2021 when the Western world (and the USA in particular) suddenly took an interest due to the demonstrations on July 11:
As always, the pandemic response of other countries was only of interest when it was going bad, not as long as it was successful, which is also the reason why you have heard nothing about Cuba's extremely successful fight against the pandemic since the autumn of 2021. From June to September, Cuba's death toll overtook that of the USA, but after the country's extremely successful vaccination campaign (using its own vaccines) Covid was more or less defeated on the island. Links to graphs here: http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=13808681#post13808681
Cubans did not want to learn to 'live with' the virus
(neither do I!), and they have proved to the world that there is no need to.
It is no wonder that most of the rest of the world doesn't want to do any reporting on that!
You also won't hear about Cuba having had no cases of monkey pox or the new hepatitis in children: http://www.internationalskeptics.com/forums/showthread.php?postid=13824635#post13824635
4) At this point Cuba has successfully vaccinated virtually everybody 2+ on the island. (Yes, Cubans also don't want children
to learn to live with the virus! They are weird in that way, aren't they?!)
Schools did not reopen until all students had been vaccinated in mid-November 2021 when the country could celebrate its victory over the virus. At that point, the infamous Yunior Garcia attempted to spoil the celebration by staging more protests, hoping that something similar to July 11 would happen. But the attempt was an utter failure. Western news agencies reported that not a single one of their contacts in Cuba had heard anybody banging on pots and pans in protetest, which is what Garcia had encouraged them to do. And less than a week after his unsuccessful attempt, he got on a plane to Spain. At first, he tried to portray himself as a hero who had successfully escaped surveillance, fleeing to save his life, but then footage appeared of him strolling through the airport with his suitcase. I don't think there is a BBC article about that.
5) For about one month at this point, Cuba has had no Covid-19 deaths:
And two weeks ago, Cuba suspended its face-mask mandate - not because people have learned to live with the virus but because they don't have to!
Cuba lifts mask mandate as vaccination rate soars and deaths plummet (Reuters, May 31, 2022)
6) If I remember correctly, Sweden didn't allow protests of more than 50 people in 2021, but a discussion of that should probably be in another thread. Maybe in a thread dedicated to the many alleged freedoms
of Sweden, right?!