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A video circulating among Cuban dissident outlets this weekend shows a convoy carrying Cuban second-in-command, President Miguel Díaz-Canel, and several high-ranking communist officials forced out of the Regla neighborhood of Havana by an angry crowd of tornado victims shouting “shameless!” and “liars!”
Díaz-Canel, as president, has the responsibility of making public appearances on behalf of the regime, though he still answered to Communist Party leader and national dictator Raúl Castro, as per the Cuban constitution. He and his assistants can be seen driving a modern Mercedes-Benz through Regla, now reduced almost exclusively to rubble.
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The first tornado to hit Cuba since 1940 made landfall last week in Regla and destroyed homes in several other neighborhoods. The storm is believed to have killed at least six people and injured over 100 others.
Rather than offer free humanitarian aid, particularly given the lack of electricity in the most devastated areas, the Cuban regime has been selling the victims food like eggs and rice.
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After days of being forced to pay for food necessary to survive, Regla residents unloaded on Díaz-Canel when he attempted to make a public appearance there. While the video began circulating on Saturday, the U.S.-based Martí Noticias reports that the incident occurred on January 27.
The video depicts crowds approaching the convoy to shout insults at Díaz-Canel, including “liar!” and “shameless!” One woman can be heard yelling “get out of here … we are not showing up on television!”
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Another accuses the government of “pure propaganda,” while most appear to simply boo.
The communist regime has responded by claiming that the video is “doctored” and “fake news.” The newspaper Diario de Cuba, based in Spain, collected articles on Monday from Cuban government-funded sources that described the video as “manipulated”
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