If you want to know what it’s like to live under a communist regime during a pandemic, you don’t have to go all the way to China, just look 90 miles south to socialist Cuba.
Coronavirus brings an increase of military presence in Havana neighborhoods
Social media was abuzz this week with the presence of National Revolutionary Police (PNR) and elite shock troops known as the “black berets” on Havana’s streets.
The appearance of military forces in different neighborhoods of the capital was confirmed last Thursday by Col. Frank Jimenez, chief of the PNR for the province, during a broadcast of the Round Table television program. The objective of the operation — carried out in conjunction with the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) — is to reinforce “the confrontation and prevention measures” for coronavirus.
“Based on the epidemiological situation in the capital, a set of measures have been taken recently that will bolster self isolation and social distancing […] The Interior Ministry adjusted its plans to prepare its forces to implement and carry out those measures,” said the official.
“14 checkpoints for entry and exit from the capital have been strengthened. We are working with teams from Transport, Public Health, and MININT directives. During the last few days, vehicle flow has diminished considerably.”
“Help” from the CDRs
During his interview, Jimenez highlighted the help provided by the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) to deal with gaming and the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public.
“Today we can be sure of the strengthening inside neighborhoods and with the help from community organizations, we will make headway […] We have increased the presence of our personnel on the streets, who are working to control movement according to the established measures.”
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