Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel assured on Friday that his supporters are prepared “to defend the revolution” before the demonstration called by the opposition for Monday to demand the release of political prisoners.
Faced with “an imperial strategy (of the United States) to try to destroy the revolution”, “we are calm, safe, but attentive and alert, and we are also prepared to defend the revolution, to confront any interventionist action against our country”, Diaz-Canel said in a television appearance.
“We are a revolution open to dialogue, to debate,” “but we are a society closed to pressure, closed to blackmail and closed to foreign interference,” he added.
The dissident group of political reflection Archipiélago announced its intention to organize a march in Havana and in six other provinces of the island to demand the freedom of political prisoners, despite the fact that in October the government declared it illegal and warned them of criminal consequences .
The government believes that this initiative seeks regime change and accuses its leaders of being financed and directed by organizations in the United States.
The call is given in the context of a deep economic crisis and four months after the historic demonstrations that broke out on July 11 shouting “Freedom” and “We are hungry”, which left one dead, dozens injured and 1,175 detainees, of which more than 612 remain in prison, according to the human rights NGO Cubalex.
On Thursday, Yunior García, 39-year-old playwright and main organizer of the demonstration, announced his intention to march alone on a central Havana avenue on Sunday, instead of Monday as he had planned, to minimize the risks of violence.
This Friday, he denounced that Cuban State Security agents warned him that they will arrest him if he tries to march.