PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • asombra: Oh, this will get a response: Dear Ms. Paya: Thank you for your letter. The President understands he cannot please everybody,...

  • asombra: Courting dictators? Try dropping your pants and bending over, which is far more like it.

  • asombra: You know what bothers me most about the photo of Obama and Francis? That it is essentially the exact same photo we’d get...

  • asombra: There’s no telling what kind of cigar games, or their equivalent, JFK played with his little friends. The fact he was sold...

  • asombra: I suspect the NYT put Dr. Eire’s book on its dubious little list not because it liked his book, but because it wanted to...

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

Reports from Cuba: Hiding the Merchandise

By Rosa Maria Rodriguez:

Hiding the Merchandise

On two occasions in Guanabo, a seaside town east of Havana, the authorities launched an action against the vendors who gather at 5th Avenue and C; but this Saturday there were much more despotic and cruel, because along with the abuse, the seized the goods of the self-employed.

Local residents and those of us who learned of the abuse wonder why they confiscate things from people that they had to pay for. Residents also question why they are now forbidden to sell on the town’s main street, with the coming of the season when the place is full of Cubans who go there to swim and they may find it easier to sell their products.

As usual, the police don’t give explanations about the change and nor do they give any reason for the abuse or the use the expropriated goods are put to. What they do make clear is that they have no interest in promoting trade and supporting the vendors.

It came to mind, in contrast, how the merchants on 23rd or on G, in Havana, are permitted and no one comes and throws them off those streets. The answer may be that it is easier to abuse people and violate their rights on the outskirts of the city, away from witnesses and bystanders of all colors and influences, and far from embassies and tourists with cameras.

Comments are closed.