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    Cubans protest over lack of power

    HAVANA (AP) – Groups of Cubans protested on Friday night in the streets of Havana for a second night, decrying delays in fully restoring electricity three days after Hurricane Ian knocked out power across the island.

    A foreign monitoring group reported that Cuba’s Internet service shut down for the second time in two days, saying it appeared to be unrelated to problems from the storm but rather an attempt to keep information about the demonstrations from spreading.

    Associated Press journalists saw people demonstrating in at least five spots in the city or on its outskirts, including the Barreras and La Gallega districts where residents blocked streets with burning tires and garbage.

    Housewife Masiel Pereira said that “the only thing I ask is that they restore the current for my children.”

    A neighbour, Yunior Velásquez, lamented that “all the food is about to be lost” because there was no power for refrigerators.

    On Thursday night, people protested at two points in the city’s Cerro neighbourhood. That area was mostly calm on Friday with the power back on, although people were out on the important Villa Blanca Avenue chanting “We want light!” while banging pots with spoons. Police blocked access to the street, but there were no confrontations.

    The country of 11 million people was plunged into darkness on Tuesday night, a few hours after Ian roared over western Cuba and triggered problems in the power system that eventually cascaded over the whole island.

    Power was restored in some parts of the country the next day, but other areas were left without service, including in the capital.

    The government did not say what percentage of the overall population remained without electricity on Friday, but electrical authorities said only 10 per cent of Havana’s two million people had power as of late Thursday.

    People protest asking for the restoration of the electrical service that collapsed in Bacuranao, Cuba. PHOTO: AP
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