Coronavirus plague traps some Cuban Yo-Yo’s in Castrogonia

From our Perils of the Yo-Yo Lifestyle Bureau with some assistance from our in-house Schadenfreude expert, Dr. Dolores Del Duncan

When you claim to be in exile but travel constantly to the nation you fled, you can’t really claim to be an exile.

Yet, that’s what hundreds of thousands of Cuban “exiles” do frequently, sometimes several times a year, pouring millions of dollars into the coffers of Castro, Inc., keeping that bankrupt regime and its moribund economy alive.

These back-and-forth comin’ and a-goin’ Yo-Yo’s rarely run into trouble when they try to return to the U.S., but many are now faced with a unique situation.

They traveled to Castrogonia during this plague outbreak and are now stuck there, their minds wracked by “incertidumbre y angustia” (uncertainty and anguish).

Maybe now they can claim to be in “exile” from the U.S?

Abridged and loosely translated from CiberCuba:

A group of repatriated Cubans and residents of the United States – but with active residence on the island – have remained stranded in Cuba since the Cuban government closed the borders in order to stop the expansion of the coronavirus, in late March.

As the days go by, anguish and uncertainty grows among those Cubans who are not clear when they will be able to return to their places of residence, despite the fact that it was initially said that it would be on May 15.

Ariel Ramírez, whose family resides in the Granma province, has explained in statements to Telemundo 51 that he arrived in Cuba on March 16 and was unable to return. More than a month later, he confesses that the situation for him is already critical.

“They did not let him leave and he is spending work there, without money and with nothing, because there is nothing … When he went to the airport, his sister was allowed to leave, because she had not been in Cuba for eight years, but as he did he entered before the age of two, he had not lost his rights, ”said Idelismay Rodríguez, Ramírez’s wife, from the United States.

There are even dramatic cases of families that were divided at the airport, in which some members of the family nucleus were able to travel and others were not. This happened to Adrián Pérez, whose wife told the aforementioned media that she and their son were able to get on the plane, but he, not because he was still active in Cuba.

The United States Embassy on the island has raised the possibility of a repatriation flight on a humanitarian basis, although it is a flight where the citizens of the United States with the highest risk of the coronavirus, the minor United States citizens and their parents will have priority, U.S. citizens and, lastly, lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Continue reading HERE (in Spanish)

plague checkpoint at border of Castrogonian province of Granma

4 thoughts on “Coronavirus plague traps some Cuban Yo-Yo’s in Castrogonia”

  1. Uh, couldn’t they just mail the money and/or ship the goods, given the VERY obvious and VERY high risk of going to that third-world shithole in the middle of a PANDEMIC? Unbelievable.

    And of course, if any of them catches the virus there, the infected person will fully expect to get back to the US, and pronto, for decent treatment and conditions–even though such a person would then be a health risk HERE. Perfect.

  2. I meant “wire” the money, but you get the idea. Alas, this absurd situation is no great surprise.

  3. Asombra,

    Those shitty people have to go to Cuba for la “gosadera”and don’t tell them that they shouldn’t, they’ll tell you “I didn’t put castro in power, you did, you remove him,” and “yo no soy politico” what’s more, all of that guapeteria they would suck up in Cuba when the regime would daily stick their boot up their derriere will suddenly come out and you’ll think that Mike Tyson is in front of you!

  4. Rayarena, as distasteful as their behavior may be, to some extent they can’t help it. People produced or (de)formed by a system like Castro, Inc. are inevitably damaged, apart from exceptional cases which would always be a minority. That’s why, I’m afraid, Cuba cannot straighten up and truly normalize in our lifetime, even if the dictatorship ended tomorrow.

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