“The entire country went offline for more than 30 minutes on Sunday, according to researchers who study internet censorship.”
As Cubans rise and protest, their Communist overlords in government have blocked access to the internet and messaging applications.
The regime is simply attempting to knock out the ability of the protesters to communicate or share information.
It’s typically one of the first things an army will try to do to their enemy.
Kevin Collier reports at NBC News:
As Cubans protest, government cracks down on internet access and messaging apps
As protests grip Cuba, the country’s government has taken steps to block citizens’ use of the encrypted chat apps WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram, researchers say.
The entire country went offline for more than 30 minutes on Sunday, according to researchers who study internet censorship. Since then, virtual private networks, which are tools used to reroute internet traffic that can circumvent some internet censorship, and popular communication apps in Cuba have been blocked.
Cubans have taken to the streets since Sunday to protest against the government in the midst of an economic downturn and a major health crisis, as the country still struggles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Many protesters have organized online and shared videos of police detentions.
But since the protests began, the country has experienced widespread online censorship.
It must be awful to live in a country where people get censored over their political views. Thank goodness nothing like that happens here in America.
In other news, The Guardian is reporting that protesters are starting to disappear:
At least 140 Cubans reportedly detained or disappeared after historic protests
Scores of Cuban activists, protesters and journalists, including a reporter for one of Spain’s leading newspapers, have reportedly been detained as Communist party security forces seek to smother Sunday’s historic flare-up of dissent.
Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas director, said at least 140 Cubans were believed to have been detained or had disappeared in the aftermath of Cuba’s largest demonstrations in decades.
“The idea is to punish those who dare to challenge the government … and send a message” that no further protests would be tolerated, said Guevara-Rosas, who said spontaneous and peaceful rallies had taken place in at least 48 separate locations, including Havana.
Never forget how the New York Times framed this story when it broke on Sunday night.
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