Cuba’s communist government is pushing back hard against the freedom protests that have taken place throughout the nation in the last week.
National Public Radio reports that the government has cut off internet access, and at least 5,000 people have been detained or have disappeared.
Abraham Jimenez Enoa, a journalist, described the appalling conditions through a translator.
ENOA: “We’ve gone like this for months, where just getting a plate of food on a daily basis is an odyssey. If you get sick, you cannot even find an aspirin to take. It’s a whole country without medicine. The stores and markets are truly barren. And there are also constant blackouts.”
In addition, two Cuban evangelical pastors were arrested for participating in protests against communist rule last week. Yeremi Ramirez and Yarian Sierra have yet to be released. Pastor Jatniel Perez of Pilgrim’s Reformed Baptist Church in Cuba requests prayer for the pastors, and support for their families. One of the families has been evicted from the home because of governmental pressure placed on the landlord.