Cuban citizens denounce that the communist regime of Cuba locked them inside their houses to avoid the demonstrations scheduled for yesterday, Monday, Nov. 15, in pursuit of freedom and against the Castro dictatorship.

The leaders of the 15–N protests woke up on Monday with their homes under police surveillance and a prohibition in place preventing them from going out on the streets as they had planned. The regime carried out this totalitarian maneuver to deactivate the march, alleging that they were aimed at creating problems on the island and that they had been secretly organized by Cuban exiles and the United States. 

The human rights group Cubalex has denounced an escalation of intimidation and threats, and police reportedly arrested 11 people while 50 others were locked inside their homes. 

According to The Guardian, television actor Edel Perez, who was arrested in the July protests, was one of those who reported that he was unable to leave his home because two plainclothes state security agents were stationed at his door. 

“I feel impotent and angry,” expressed the 35-year-old actor. “They are violating my constitutional rights.”

Democracy activist Saily González Velázquez complained she was locked in her house to prevent her from going to the demonstration. As reported by CBS Miami, she posted a video on Facebook where you can see people with “fatherland or death” signs shouting at her as a traitor.

Abraham Jimenez Enoa, a Cuban journalist and columnist for the Washington Post, tweeted on Monday saying he was “under siege by agents and police in civilian clothes.”

“It’s already #15N. I’m still under siege by police and plainclothes agents. Neighbors tell me that today’s operation is superior to yesterday’s. I can’t see it from my balcony because a tree covers them. They are so afraid of journalism, of my coming out to tell the truth,” he wrote. 

In the streets of Havana, there was a significant uniformed and plainclothes police presence. At all times, the regime, led by Miguel Diaz-Canel, tried to create a climate of normality, so it organized various events to “celebrate” the restart of school, the reopening of tourism, and celebrations for the 502nd anniversary of the founding of Havana this Nov. 16.

“This is how Cuba dawns on Nov. 15, with more than 700,000 pioneers in the classrooms, receiving friends, relatives and tourists, reactivating the productive work, decreasing the cases of COVID,” Diaz-Canel wrote on his Twitter, reinforcing the propaganda of “nothing is happening here.”

Meanwhile, the Biden administration condemned what Secretary of State Antony Blinken called “intimidation tactics” by the Cuban government.

“We call on the Cuban government to respect Cubans’ rights, by allowing them to peacefully assemble … and by keeping Internet and telecommunication lines open,” Blinken said on Sunday. 

Blinken tweeted on Saturday, “The Cuban regime has the opportunity to hear and listen to the Cuban people during peaceful demonstrations on #15N, and to demonstrate respect for human rights. We commend the brave Cuban people showing the strength of their will and the power of their voice.”

In July of this year, tens of thousands of people took to the streets under the premise of “homeland and life,” demanding freedom and food, in one of the largest protests in Cuba’s history. 

These protests unleashed a veritable battle cry among the Cuban people, who, despite repression and intimidation, remain determined to put an end to the Castro regime that for 62 years continues to maintain absolute domination on the island.

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