following is a statement by the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel
Díaz-Canel to the people of Cuba:
The order to fight is given, the
revolutionaries to the streets.
The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist
Party of Cuba and President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, appeared this
Sunday live on national radio and television.
We have been honest,
we have been transparent, we have been clear and at every moment we have been
explaining to our people the complexities of the current moments. I remind
you that more than a year and a half ago, when the second semester of 2019
began, we had to explain that we were going to a difficult situation. This
was taken as part of popular humor and we have remained part of that
conjuncture from all the signs that the United States government was giving,
led by the Trump administration in relation to Cuba.
They began to
intensify a series of restrictive measures, a tightening of the blockade, of
financial persecution against the energy sector with the aim of suffocating
our economy and that this would provoke the desired massive social outbreak,
which sows the possibilities for the entire ideological campaign that It has
been done, to be able to call for humanitarian intervention that ends in
military interventions and interference, and that affects the rights,
sovereignty and independence of all peoples.
continued, then came the 243 measures that we all know and finally it is
decided to include Cuba in a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, a
spurious, illegitimate and unilateral list that the
United States government has adopted, believing themselves to be the emperors
of the United States. world.
suddenly submit to these decisions, but it must be recognized that others do
not allow it to be imposed on them. All these restrictions led the country to
immediately cut off various sources of foreign currency income, such as
tourism, Cuban-American travel to our country, and
remittances. A plan was made to discredit the Cuban medical brigades and the
solidarity collaborations provided by Cuba, which received an important part
of foreign currency from that collaboration.
All this situation
caused a situation of shortage in the country, especially of food, medicines,
raw materials and supplies to be able to develop our economic and productive
processes that at the same time contribute to exports. Are cut
elements are the ability to export and the ability to invest resources. And
from the productive processes to develop goods and services for our
We also have
limitations on fuels and spare parts and all this
has caused a level of dissatisfaction, coupled with accumulated problems that
we have been able to solve and that came from the special period together
with a fierce media campaign of discrediting as part of the war not.
conventional that tries to fracture the unity between party-state and people;
that tries to put the government as insufficient and incapable of providing
well-being to the Cuban people and that it intends to raise from a position
of the United States government that with them it is possible to aspire to
the progress of a country like ours.
Those are well-known
hypocritical recipes, speeches of double standards that we know very well
throughout the history of the United States towards Cuba. How did they
intervene in our country, how did they take over our island in 1902, how did
they maintain domination of our island in the pseudo-republic stage, and how
were those interests hit by the Cuban Revolution in its triumph?
The example of the
Cuban Revolution has bothered them a lot for 60 years and they have been
constantly increasing. They have applied an unjust, criminal, and cruel
blockade, now intensified in pandemic conditions and
therein lies the manifest perversity, the evil of all those intentions.
Blockade and restrictive actions that they have never taken against any other
country, nor against those they consider their main enemies.
Therefore, it has
been a policy of viciousness against a small island that only aspires to
defend its independence, its sovereignty and to build its society with
self-determination according to the principles that more than 86% of the
population has supported in the broad exercise. and democratic that we
supported a few years ago to approve the current Constitution of the Republic
In the midst of these conditions comes the pandemic, a
pandemic that has not affected only Cuba, but the entire world, including the
United States. It has affected rich countries and it must be said that in the
face of this pandemic neither the United States nor those rich countries had all
the capacity to face its effects in the beginning, and in many of those first
world countries, with much more wealth, the health systems, intensive therapy
rooms. The poor were disadvantaged because there are no public policies aimed
at the people for their salvation, and they have indicators in relation to
the confrontation of the pandemic that have worse results than those of Cuba
in many cases.
This is how we
progressed, we controlled outbreaks and outbreaks, with a tremendous capacity
to sacrifice our people, our scientists, our health personnel and almost the
entire country has been involved in it. Five vaccine candidates have been
created, of which one has already been recognized as a vaccine and which is
the first in Latin America. Cuba is already vaccinating its population. It is
a process that takes time. Vaccines must be produced, but at the moment we
have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world and in a few weeks we have exceeded 20% of the population’s
vaccination, a process that continues.
In recent months,
strains that are more aggressive and cause more transmission of the disease
have begun to circulate. In the middle of this situation, a group of
complications begins to appear. In the first place, cases occur with a speed
and accumulation that exceeds the capacities that we have been able to create
to attend to these cases in state institutions. On the other hand, we have
had to go to open capacities in other centers and by opening a more number of
centers, to which we also have to give an energy priority even in the midst
of accumulated energy problems that have caused us blackouts, the amount of
circuits we have that protecting so that covid patients are treated causes
that there are more circuits that are left with the possibility of causing
annoying blackouts, but necessary, because we have to restore our electricity
generation capacities. This has happened in recent days and has caused
irritation, misunderstanding, concerns and
affectations to the population.
By having more
patients, there is more consumption of drugs, and also
our stocks of drugs are running out, the possibilities of acquiring them are
very difficult. In the midst of all this, we
continue with will, thinking about everything, working for everyone. Now we have to go to the experience of home admission due to the
lack of capacities in a group of provinces, and we have had to summon the
family so that they have a more direct and responsible participation; and one
never tires of admiring in the midst of this situation that capacity for
creative resistance that our people have. And how with these values, if we
accompany ourselves with responsibility and unity, in the shortest possible
time with vaccination and with responsible behavior, complying with hygienic
sanitary measures, social isolation and physical distancing, we will leave
this pandemic peak sooner rather than later. which is not just a Cuban case.
What Cuba managed
was to postpone this pandemic peak in time with everything we did, and also in the shortest time we will overcome it, and
this is how we have ratified it these days in our tours of the provinces to
specify all the confrontation strategies to the pandemic.
In a very cowardly, subtle and opportunistic and perverse way, from the most
complicated situations that we have had in provinces such as Matanzas and
Ciego de Ávila, those who have always approved the blockade and who serve as
mercenaries on the streets of the Yankee blockade, begin to appear with
doctrines of humanitarian aid and humanitarian corridor. We all know where
they come from.
To strengthen the
view that the Cuban government is not capable of getting out of this
situation, as if they were so interested in solving the health problems of
If you want to have
a real gesture with Cuba, if you want to be concerned with the people, open
the blockade and we will see how we play. Why do not they do it? Why don’t
they have the courage to open the lock? What legal and moral foundation do
they have supports that a foreign government applies this policy to a small
country in the midst of such adverse situations.
Isn’t that genocide,
isn’t that a crime against humanity? Criteria are raised that we are a
dictatorship, a dictatorship that cares about giving its entire population
health, that seeks well-being for all, that in the midst of these situations
is capable of having programs and public policies based on everyone, that it
is aspiring to vaccinate everyone with a Cuban vaccine, because we knew that
no one was going to sell us vaccines and we had no money to go to the
international market to buy vaccines. What strange dictatorship?
Now they shout that
we are murderers. Where are the murdered in Cuba? Where are the disappeared?
Because the other
countries that have suffered these events of pandemic peaks were not attacked
in the press and that was not put as a solution by humanitarian intervention,
nor were they armed these discrediting campaigns that they have wanted to arm
Life, history and facts show that it is behind all this: that it
is to suffocate and end the Revolution and for that they are trying to
discourage our people from confusing. When people are in severe conditions
like the ones we are living in, events like the ones we saw today in San
Antonio de los Baños occur.
In San Antonio de los Baños, a
group of people gathered in one of the most central parks in the city to
protest and claim. Who were those people? They were made up of people from
the village who are experiencing part of the shortcomings and difficulties,
they were made by revolutionary people who may be confused and who may not
have all the arguments or who were expressing their dissatisfaction.
Those two groups of people
did it in a different way and looked for an argument and asked for an
explanation. The first thing they said was “I am a revolutionary” “I support
This was headed by a
group of manipulators who were lending themselves to the designs of those
campaigns that appeared on social networks. The famous SOSMatanzas
or SOSCuba, the call to the cacerolazo
so that in several cities of Cuba there would be demonstrations of this type
and there would be social unrest.
This is very
criminal, very cruel, especially at this time where we must ensure that
people are in the houses that are collected, that they are protecting
themselves. With the morality that the Revolution gives, the revolutionaries
of San Antonio de los Baños, the authorities of the
province, a group of comrades from the leadership of the country, we
presented ourselves to San Antonio de los Baños.
This mass of
revolutionaries confronted the counterrevolutionaries and we spoke with the
revolutionaries and some who may be non-revolutionaries but who were asking
for arguments. Later we marched and toured the town to show that in Cuba the
streets belonged to the revolutionaries.
While that is
happening, we know that there are other towns in the country, where groups of
people in certain streets and squares have gathered, also motivated by such
We call on all
revolutionaries to take to the streets to defend the Revolution in all places, ”said Díaz-Canel.
The streets belong
to the revolutionaries and the State has all the political will to dialogue,
but also to participate, he added.
We are not going to
hand over sovereignty, or the independence of this nation, “he said. They have to pass over our corpse if they want to overthrow the