Cubans took to the streets on Sunday to protest food shortages and poor economic conditions that have deepened inside the Communist state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called the demonstrations an attempt to destabilize the Caribbean nation by “anti-revolutionary mercenaries.”
The New York Times is facing backlash for equating a “freedom” call among Cuban protesters with “anti-government slogans” following its Sunday piece.
“Shouting ‘Freedom’ and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years,” the newspaper said in a tweet, quoting the introduction to its article.
Readers were very surprised by the peculiar equation:
“Only New York Times commies think “freedom” is an “anti-government slogan,” said Dan Gainor, who is the Vice President of Free Speech America and Business.
The fact that NYT called the word "freedom" a "anti government slogan" really concerns me— VGsenpai (@VgSenpai) July 12, 2021
If you think freedom is anti-government, you’re telling on yourself.— Damin Toell (@damintoell) July 11, 2021
Only New York Times commies think “freedom” is an “anti-government slogan.” https://t.co/TrTWgEwPxv— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) July 11, 2021
“Freedom” and other anti-government slogans pic.twitter.com/h6Ld60lOzu— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) July 11, 2021
Some were also quick to point out that America’s almost 60-year embargo has probably contributed to the protest mood in the Caribbean state.
Illegal American sanctions might have something to do with it— Mait (@maityman) July 11, 2021
You know what would really help the Cuban people: ending the illegal blockade.— End Apartheid ???✊ Péter (@96fps) July 11, 2021
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across Cuba in a rare move to denounce the government’s economic policies, handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, food and medical shortages and rising prices.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel responded to the unrest by saying that his government will “not let anti-revolutionary mercenaries who are beholden to the American empire to create instability.”
“There will be a revolutionary response,” the president vowed.
Sorce : sputniknews