The Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, on Thursday denounced alleged attempts to “encourage a social outbreak” on the island “as part of American electoral interests,” although he did not specify who or who promote this scenario.
Diaz-Canel made these statements in a meeting with the provincial governors in which economic and social issues were evaluated, and in which he assured that Cuba will win the battle against COVID-19 and against “the economic crisis that it has generated,” according to an official note reproduced in state media.
“The attacks on our main sources of income are ruthless and incessant. A brutal resurgence of the blockade and financial percussion is evident. Furthermore, there is a whole call and a purpose to encourage a social outbreak in the country, also as part of the North American electoral interests “, said the president, according to said note.
Relations between Cuba and the United States have plummeted since Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House, who stopped the rapprochement with the island promoted by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and tightened the economic embargo in force for six decades with new sanctions.
Florida, where much of the island’s exile resides and there are about 650,000 voters of Cuban origin, is a decisive state in the US elections and has traditionally opted for the Republican Party, which that sector of the electorate perceives as more belligerent against Havana.
At the government meeting this Thursday Diaz-Canel He also alluded to a “campaign to discredit the Revolution on social networks and to the way in which a group of issues is addressed in which they try to divide us, such as racism, violence against women, human rights and violence. religious freedom”.
“An attempt is made to present the country with a governmental and economic incapacity and, on the other hand, leaders, opinion leaders, intellectuals and artists, who defend the revolutionary process, are viciously attacked,” he said.
The ruler also did not specifically mention who, in his opinion, is behind this alleged campaign of discredit.
Since the arrival of the mobile Internet almost two years ago, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have accessed social networks, where citizens have begun to share their opinions, including criticism of the government’s management.