Massive Demonstrations in Cuba Demanding Freedom, Waving American Flag, Taking on Police

Cubans waving the American flag. Credit: Yusnaby Perez/Twitter.

As we previously reported there are thousands out in the streets across Cuba, from small towns to big cities, calling for freedom from the Communist government and chanting “we are not afraid!”

People are saying it’s the largest mass protest since 1959. If you know your Cuban history, that’s the last time the government changed hands — when Fidel Castro took power. So, that’s an incredibly significant thing to say.

From NY Times:

Carolina Barrero, a Cuban activist, went even further. “It is the most massive popular demonstration to protest the government that we have experienced in Cuba since ’59,” she said by text message, referring to the year Fidel Castro took power. She called the public outpouring on Sunday “spontaneous, frontal and forceful.”
“What has happened is enormous,” she added.

Our Lady of Charity is taking the lead in one town.

There’s also another powerful symbol that some are waving — the American flag — to them, a symbol of freedom. Imagine if the folks on our left in this country understood that meaning as well these Cubans do.

That shows you this is serious, too. Because waving that can get you locked up for awhile — and they’re not afraid.

An order went out to the police to crackdown and shut the protesters down, according to reports.

But that’s not going particularly well. The people are fighting back, in some places overwhelming police and chasing them away.