Cuban protesters call for Fidel Castro to step down

After Hurricane Ian left Cuba in the dark, protestors took to the streets. Now the government is set to charge them with riot.

Cuba’s government has declared a state of emergency, as protestors call for their leader, the bearded and portly Fidel, to step down and for an end to the communist regime.

The government in Havana says they have “the right” to take action against the demonstrators in the streets, but there is little support for the move. A group called the Coalition for the Defense of Cuba says it will not participate in the state of emergency at this time

“We have two very powerful powers, and our own destiny is controlled by the will of God. We must not let the government forget who it is really representing,” said Raissa, a 40-year-old nurse from southern Camaguey province.

“It is not the government. It is us.”

The protests are not limited to Cuba. They have spread to the Latin American countries of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador. In Peru, a new protest movement is planned.

In the past 10 days, more than 2,000 people have died in protests around the world.

In Cuba, where Fidel Castro ruled with an iron fist for half a century, the demonstrators are calling for new elections and for the country to be run by “elected officials.” But they have asked the Cuban government to step down.

“One thing is clear. The protest has made Fidel and his comrades look bad,” said Jose Domingo Fuentes, a veteran of the protests who became head of the government’s National Health system after Castro died last week. Castro, who has been in power since 1959, was 80.

“People from all walks of life have been mobilised to protest. All over the world there are young people who have been calling for freedom and democracy,” he said.

The Cuban state, he added, has been very careful. “It has made sure to respect the privacy of the president. The president’s health has been under surveillance, the state has been very careful. Fidel is recovering very well.”

In his speech at a memorial Sunday to the deaths, Fidel called for an end to the protest movement and the return of the “real Cuban people” to power.

“We are ready. The time has come for those who have always called for change to step down and for the real Cuban people to take their place in

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