Havana Smackdown ’21: Cubans in queues fight each other for rationed cigarettes

“Todos contra todos” / All against all

From our Bureau of Socialist Rationing Etiquette

This is life under socialism. In the one country on earth most closely associated with tobacco products, cigarettes are rationed. Even worse, there aren’t enough cigarettes being manufactured, and the natives have to fight each other to get their hands on the few that become available.

As if this were not bad enough, the native product is only available in stores that only accept foreign currency.

So, as is always the case in socialist societies, it’s a case of Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle, as folks in the socialist paradise of East Germany used to say (Everyone for himself and God against all).

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Socialism at its best: “¡Qué frustración carajo!”

Loosely translated from Periodico Cubano

In the midst of the pandemic, “all against all” brawls are breaking out among Cubans as they queue up to buy cigarettes, in the midst of the pandemic.

“The videos are real and no one was paid for misbehaving in the queue,” said user Maikel Herrera on his Facebook wall along with recordings that show large crowds and riots in a store in Freely Convertible Currency (MLC), located in Águila and Neptune.

“It’s the same situation throughout Havana. How much longer will this shame continue? Why do they sell Cuban-made cigarettes in MLC stores? “Asked the man, who assured that what happened there was an “all against all” melee.

Many users reported that brawls like this are happening throughout the city, and also probably across the entire country.

“I left a queue today after a full month without being able to buy cigarettes, even though they are supposedly keeping track in their notebooks of available stock and of those who have not yet received their quota,” said Rosalina Bones. “What we are living through is inhuman and despite that, apparently, they [the government] can’t do anything about it. They create total chaos and then they don’t know what to do. What a damn frustration! ” [¡Qué frustración carajo!”]

1 thought on “Havana Smackdown ’21: Cubans in queues fight each other for rationed cigarettes”

  1. The NYT spin on this: “Cuba at the forefront in smoking cessation efforts. The US should learn from it.”

    The real problem, of course, is that the regime doesn’t give a shit about the frustration of “the people” except insofar as it may promote another 11J. The ONLY real issue for Castro, Inc. is staying in power.

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