The New York Times described chants of “freedom!” at thousands-strong peaceful protests in Cuba on Sunday as one of several “anti-government slogans” popular among the congregated. The Times also erroneously reported the protests were about “food and medicine shortages.”
“Shouting ‘Freedom’ and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years,” the Times wrote.
In reality, the thousands of protesters used slogans against socialism and communism to made clear the political nature of their demand: the end of communism on the island.
The Times coverage also included weaponizing Cuban disinformation by suggesting communist Cuba’s “longstanding economic problems” stem from “the American trade embargo, which cuts off its access to financing and imports.”
“In televised remark,” the Times persisted, “Díaz-Canel said … the protests were a form of ‘systemic