In the face of threatened violent protests, the Cuban government threw a party. It worked. Instead of marching in the streets, people danced.
November 15 was supposed to be the day prominent anti-government dissidents launched their protest movement calling for regime change in Cuba.
On July 11, as Cuba braced itself against a wave of painful shortages and a surge of COVID-19 cases, a protest broke out spontaneously in San Antonio de los Baños, a poor suburb outside Havana. Several people began throwing rocks at police; news spread, and by the end of the afternoon thousands were in the streets in 50 cities across the island, shouting “Down with the dictatorship!”