What Cubans Can Not Do

Cubans can not:

Travel abroad without government permission.

Change jobs without government permission.

Change residence without government permission.

Access the Internet without government permission (the Internet is
closely monitored and controlled by the government. Only 1.67% of the
population has access to the Internet).

Send their children to a private or religious school (all schools are
government run, there are no religious schools in Cuba).

Watch independent or private radio or TV stations (all TV and radio
stations are owned and run by the government). Cubans illegally
watch/listen to foreign broadcasts.

Read books, magazines or newspapers, unless approved/published by the
government (all books, magazines and newspapers are published by the

Receive publications from abroad or from visitors (punishable by jail
terms under Law 88).

Visit or stay in tourist hotels, restaurants, and resorts (these are
off-limits to Cubans).

Seek employment with foreign companies on the island, unless approved
by the government.

Run for public office unless approved by Cubas Communist Party.

Own businesses, unless they are very small and approved by the
government and pay onerous taxes.

Join an independent labor union (there is only one, government
controlled labor union and no individual or collective bargaining is allowed;
neither are strikes or protests).

Retain a lawyer, unless approved by the government.

Choose a physician or hospital. Both are assigned by the government.

Refuse to participate in mass rallies and demonstrations organized by
the Cuban Communist Party.

Criticize the Castro regime or the Cuban Communist Party, the only
party allowed in Cuba.

From NetforCuba.

9 thoughts on “What Cubans Can Not Do”

  1. A friend’s friend is going to Cuba to enjoy what only the tourists can enjoy. I am ashmaed, fortunately I am not a close friend of this person.

  2. Cubans also cannot possess firearms and need internal passports to move from one province to another. Many of the totalitarian conditions imposed on Cubans today are the same as were imposed on them during the 19th century by the Captain General of the Spanish colonial regime.

  3. Remember that they can’t just walk in to a market/store and buy what they need. Even if it was available.

  4. They cannot print or distribute literature – as a matter of fact, a copier machine is one of the most guarded artefactos in Cuba.

  5. A Cuban cannot publicly crack a joke about the maxium leader (or even deminimus leaders).

    There is no Cuban Jay Leno. So much good material, and no opportunity to use it.

  6. You want to forward this friendly reminder of the “Socialist Paradise” to Harry Belafante, and some of the other “usual suspects”?

  7. All Cuban children after the age of 7 BELONG to the STATE.

    Cuban’s salaries are paid by the government, and that includes the salaries of those that work for foreign corporations.

    All Cubans have to carry an Identification Card (at all times) and can be stopped at ANY time ANYWHERE by the police for NO reason WHATSOEVER

    In order to avail themselves of a “FREE” education all Cuban students (after the age of ten) have to participate (no choice here) in CHILD FORCED LABOR during their summer vacation. Those that are 15 or older can be pulled from school, if necessary, at any time, in order to help the workforce.

    ALL Cubans (male and female) HAVE to serve in the military after they turn 16 according to the Cuban Communist Constitution (article 64).

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