A protestor waves a Cuban flat outside Helsinki Central Railway Station (Image: Lehtikuva)

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A NUMBER OF FINNISH-CUBANS AND CUBANS LIVING IN FINLAND gathered at Helsinki's Central Railway Station yesterday evening to demonstrate against the government of Cuba and show solidarity with the escalating protest movement in the communist country. 

Starting from around 5pm, an estimated 150 people turned up with placards denouncing the Cuban regime and demanding that President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who succeeded Raúl Castro for the position, step down.

The demonstration was aimed in solidarity with protests currently taking place in Cuba over an economic and health crisis that has led to severe shortages of food, medicine, and power across the island. The protests in Cuba are currently thought to be unprecedented in scale, arguably drawing larger crowds than at any time since the Cuban Revolution in 1959 which installed the communist Castro regime. 

In Helsinki, demonstrators held placards and shouted slogans calling for democracy, denouncing human rights abuses in Cuba, and calling upon the international community to assist. 


Adam Oliver Smith - HT

Image Credit: Lehtikuvs