Rationed bread roll thrown at Cuban government office was so hard, it broke the plate glass window

For the most part, the rationed bread distributed to Cubans by the Castro dictatorship is inedible. Besides its horrible taste and rock-like consistency, it is often offered with added nutrients such as roaches and worms. But one Cuban found a good use for the petrified bread: as a weapon.

Via Periodico Cubano (my translation):

A bread is thrown at the ETECSA office that was so hard it broke the plate glass windows

The provincial office of the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) in Granma was the scene of an unusual “act of vandalism.” An individual riding a motorcycle threw a bread roll against a window of the building, causing the glass to break.

The news was shared by journalist Ernesto Morales on Facebook using a sarcastic tone. “They vandalized the provincial office of ETECSA in Granma… with a bread roll! Preliminary information suggests that the individual was on a motorcycle and threw the bread while in motion against the facade of this location, causing the glass to break,” the reporter commented.

“It’s a miracle they didn’t break the floor too” and “they’re already attacking with high-caliber projectiles,” commenters joked about the peculiar situation. Just as the act could have been a protest against the only telecommunications company in Cuba, it could also be related to the bread crisis on the island.

The precise details of the event and the possible motivations of the individual are still uncertain, but the peculiarity of the incident has triggered a series of reactions on social media.

The office workers and passersby who witnessed the incident were left bewildered by the unusual protest. No one was injured, but the surprise and confusion were palpable. Local authorities have not yet issued an official statement about the incident, and the identity of the person involved has not been disclosed.

Morales, known for his activism and social criticism on digital platforms, did not hesitate to share his perspective on the incident, suggesting it could be a symbolic act of discontent.

“Employees of the company, located in the Jesús Menéndez neighborhood of Bayamo, indicated that this type of act with bread sets a dangerous precedent. If someone decides to explode a bag of Café Hola, or if the bread had contained Prodal croquettes, we would be talking about more serious problems,” commented the journalist with sarcasm, who coincidentally is from Bayamo, the capital of Granma province.

The serious shortage of wheat flour has affected bread production in the largest island of the Antilles, an essential product in the family basket. For several months, the Cuban population has faced difficulties in obtaining it from local stores.

Recently, authorities reported the arrival of a shipment of wheat flour through the port of Cienfuegos, which could help stabilize the situation and improve the quality of bread available to the population.

On social media, Cubans have posted pictures of poorly made bread. “This is the daily bread in Alto Songo, Santiago de Cuba, poorly made with no quality or proper requirements, acidic and unpleasant, in addition to being the only option because there are no other alternatives for accessing better-made products,” one of the complaints says.

Last October, the Cuban newspaper Periódico Cubano received a complaint about the change in the size of bread in Holguín, when the designated president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, visited this province. In less than 24 hours, the product appeared very different, with a sour taste, small size, and tough texture.

It is very common for provincial leaders, to maintain order during the communist leader’s visit, to decide to give the appearance that everything is in order in their respective territories.

1 thought on “Rationed bread roll thrown at Cuban government office was so hard, it broke the plate glass window”

  1. Castro, Inc. cannot even get bread right, even apart from producing enough of it. Talk about a failed system.

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