Food shortages and long lines have Cubans fighting over soy-based ‘ground beef’

The misery and the boiling over of frustrations that standing in lines for hours for a morsel of rationed food of questionable origin provoke is not a bug of socialism, it’s a feature.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Lights and arguments to buy ground beef in Baracoa

In the midst of a crisis across Cuba, residents of the eastern town of Baracoa stood in a long line and argued with each other while trying to buy ground beef distributed by the government.

The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) posted a video on Twitter where you can see a group of residents from the town in Guantanamo arguing in the line to buy “ration book ground beef.”

According to the organization, the incident took place in the La Playa neighborhood of the town of Baracoa.

People could be heard arguing with each other on the video. The ground beef being distributed by the government is usually soy-based and on many occasions of questionable quality.

The lines are part of a long, ongoing crisis in Cuba. In October, one Cuban woman erupted over the shortages and the government’s mismanagement after standing in line since 4 AM to buy what she defined as “four tubes of sad ground beef” in Havana.

“It’s daybreak, people are cold and desperate for food, having to stand in line is horrible […] all for four tubes of sad ground beef. I am feeling such indignation right now with this life of paupers we have been forced to live,” said Yordanka Battle More, who said her outburst was “cathartic” because she can no longer stand to live with such scarcity and misery.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.

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