(FiveNation.com)- In protests that rocked Cuba last week in which hundreds of protesters and activists have been arrested or detained, one protester, 36-year-old Diubis Laurencio Tejeda was confirmed killed in clashes with police.
On Tuesday, Cuba’s Interior Ministry confirmed Tejeda had died on Monday, July 12 during a clash between protesters and police just outside of Havana in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality.
In the statement confirming Tejeda’s death, Cuban authorities accused the protesters of vandalizing homes, setting fires and damaging power lines. They also claim that protesters were attacking police and civilians with knives, rocks and other objects.
The demonstrations erupted last Sunday as thousands of Cubans throughout the island nation took to the streets to protest food and other supply shortages, rising prices, and cuts in power. Many of the protesters directing their ire at the communist regime were also calling for an end to the communist government.
In response to the demonstrations, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel gave a televised address calling on pro-government forces to fight back against demonstrators, urging “revolutionaries” and “communists” to take to the streets and face off with the protesters “in a decisive, firm, and courageous way.”
Give his call for violence, it is a wonder only one protester ended up dead. Though hundreds are currently missing.
By Monday the Capitol building in Havana was cordoned off and internet access was largely curtailed.
The crackdown was swift and brutal, and while there have been no new reports of protests, Havana still had a heavy police presence on Tuesday, and internet and cellphone data services continued to be disrupted.
The Cuban communist regime, along with their fans in the Democrat Party, have largely blamed the US for causing the demonstrations which were some of the most widespread displays of anti-government protests Cuba has seen in years. The last time such a major protest occurred in Cuba was in 1994.
Thus far, the US has not seen any surge in migrants crossing the narrow strip of ocean from Cuba to the US. However, DHS Secretary Mayorkas cautioned Cubans against making the trip, saying any migrants intercepted at sea would be returned to their homeland or sent to other countries rather than be accepted into the US.