Elections in Cuba? What for?

By Enrique del Risco in Enrisco (my translation):

Elections for what?

What’s the point of elections in Cuba? It may seem a rhetorical question, but it isn’t.

I remember a few months after the famous “Vote for All” election in 1993, I came across a line of people at the Calzada de 10 de Octubre. Like a good Cuban, I first got my spot in the line and then asked what was being sold. Ice cream, they told me.

In reality, it wasn’t ice cream at all but shaved ice with aspirations. Something similar to what we call a Slurpee here. Lemon flavored. It was a time when if you didn’t bring you own container, you wouldn’t get anything. But surprisingly, they were serving that lemon flavored ice cream in small paper cones.

I swallowed up the contents of that paper cone faster than it took me type this. And then when I opened up the container, I discovered the paper cone was precisely one of the ballots from the previous election.

My question is (and not rhetorically): How is the supply situation for paper ice cream cones these days in Havana?

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  1. When writer Zoé Valdés was around 7 in Cuba, she was going to be marginalized by not being allowed to be a “pionera” with the red kerchief round her neck like those kids in the photo. The reason was her grandmother (of Irish descent) would routinely take her to mass with her, which was considered deviant. The seven-year-old was confronted by some school functionary, who asked her is she wanted to be a child of God or a child of Fidel. She got out of it by saying “both,” though that got her pescozones from grandma.

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