Surprise! The REAL reason November protests failed in Cuba was not repression, but cheaper, more abundant food

Food, glorious food: Three banquets a day, our favorite diet! Thanks be to Che!

From our Great Triumphs of the Ministry of Truth Bureau with some assistance from our Bureau of Moronic and Easily Distracted Noble Savages

Hey, look at this, Mildred! Did you know that those July 11 protests in Cuba were not at all about brutal repression, but about food? Yeah. It’s true. Cubans love their government,. Absolutely. They were just a tiny bit upset in July because food was scarce and expensive, for the first time ever since the triumph of their glorious Revolution.

So, as it turns out, Cuba’s benevolent and enlightened rulers listened carefully to those complaints and suddenly began to make more food available at cheaper prices. And this is the REAL reason that Cubans refused to join the protests planned in November by a few CIA-funded malcontents. Forget all that nonsense and fake news about mass arrests and long prison sentences meted out to the July 11 protesters.

You see, Cubans are happy noble savages who love nothing more than a full belly. Give them some cheap chicken and they will party all night instead of engaging in any negative behavior that makes them look sad and angry. Yeah. This is why their Revolution is such a resounding success and such a great model for the Third World to follow.

You don’t believe this? Take a look at the article below. A brilliant journalist named Lillian Perlmutter discovered all this by interviewing several Cuban natives who revealed the truth to her.

Food, glorious food, don’t care what it looks like, burned, underdone, crude, we’re happy to have it…

From Foreign Policy

How Cheap Chicken Stopped Protests in Cuba

Nov. 15 was supposed to be the day prominent anti-government dissidents launched their protest movement calling for regime change in Cuba. Dozens expressed hope online that another round of protests like the ones seen on July 11 would bring the island one step closer to toppling its 60-year-old communist dictatorship.

A group including musicians, playwrights, medical students, and designers spread the call on social media, designating the color white as the symbol of their impending revolution. Sympathizers hung white sheets, or sabanas blancas, out of their windows—a symbol of Cuban national and cultural pride, bolstered by the traditional Cuban anthem of the same name.

On the night of Nov. 15, “Sabanas Blancas” was playing at full volume in Centro Habana, one of Havana’s poorer neighborhoods, where protests exploded on July 11. But people weren’t protesting—they were dancing. Instead of overturned patrol cars, stores ransacked from looting, and bloody encounters with police batons—the scenes people in Centro Habana witnessed on July 11—the government, it seemed to some residents, was throwing a party.

Yosmany, a teacher who asked to use a pseudonym for his safety, lives in Centro Habana, and said the 15th felt like a holiday. “It was not at all what we imagined,” he said. “It’s manipulative,” he continued, gesturing to the strobe lights bouncing off the buildings as the music played.

After protests did not materialize, media outlets outside the island attributed the quiet to the government’s sequestration of protest leaders. Police and government supporters blockaded several well-known dissidents in their homes to prevent them from marching that day. But Yosmany, along with several other young people I met in Centro Habana on the 15th, pointed instead to cheap chicken as the reason the city was eerily peaceful.

Yosmany believes lowering prices was a government ploy to butter up Centro Habana’s residents so they would not protest. “If [residents] can afford food, they’ll be content,” he said.

Food items available to the public often reflect the strength of dissident fervor on the island, said Monica, a black-market reseller who asked to be referred to by her first name only. “After the 11th of July, for a couple of weeks, there were things available in stores that no one had been able to find for months, almost the whole pandemic,” she said. “Suddenly there was tomato sauce and milk. That went on for a while, and then everything went back to the way it was for a few months. Then suddenly, right before the 15th of November, things became available again. It’s very transparent.” …

Victor, a dissident with a significant local following whose name I’ve changed for his safety, acknowledged through voice messages on WhatsApp that there is a disconnect between the leaders of the contemporary anti-government movement and the public they need to rouse to accomplish their goal of regime change.

“People are too scared,” Victor said. “Most people who were in the streets on July 11 probably didn’t even know who most of the famous dissidents were. They were protesting because they were hungry and desperate. More protests will happen when people have nothing to lose.”

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1 thought on “Surprise! The REAL reason November protests failed in Cuba was not repression, but cheaper, more abundant food”

  1. Because, of course, it’s SO appropriate to have the grim visage of a bloodthirsty psychopathic foreigner looming over a butcher shop. Still, he was known as “the butcher of La Cabaña (prison),” so it’s sort of apt.

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