Díaz-Canel blames ‘lazy’ Cubans for food crisis, calls for unpaid ‘volunteers’ to work in the fields

Okay, Trucutú . . . ask them to work for free

From our You’ve Got To Be Kidding Bureau with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Slave Labor Initiatives

How’s this for chutzpah? Castro, Inc.’s fake “president” Trucutú Díaz-Canalla is calling on Cubans to work for free to increase food production. As it is, Cuban workers are currently so underpaid that they can’t keep up with inflation and are going hungry. In addition, they have to spend much of their free time searching for food and standing in line for hours when it becomes available. And now, Castro, Inc. is accusing them of laziness and asking them to work more hours for free.

To add insult to injury, Cubans are being told that the country’s extreme food shortage has been caused by their laziness, which is as big as a Big Lie can get. The real reason for Cuba’s food crisis — which Castro, Inc. will never admit — is the ineptitude and corruption of the 65-year dictatorship and its total control of production.

Oh, and, by the way . . . is the “blockade” no longer the cause of all ills, including food shortages? Oops . . .Trucutú seems to have forgotten that detail.

Fidel Castro was big on “volunteer” labor in the early years of his dictatorship. So, why not resurrect this form of slave labor? More “continuity” . . . more heartless abuse heaped on Cubans by their big-bellied, luxury-loving oligarchs. Socialist slavery in action.

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Miguel Díaz-Canel called “lazy” those who are not linked to studying or working and ordered them to produce the scarce food on the island, which is becoming increasingly expensive for families. During a visit to the Baracoa municipality in Guantánamo, he proposed that Cubans engage in “voluntary workdays,” a resource used by the Castro regime in past decades but rejected by Cubans due to government inefficiency.

“The fundamental issue is food. Prices won’t go down until we produce the food we need. There are no miracles here. And there is enough land here to produce food,” said the leader to a gathered group, as per a video posted on social media.

In March, Díaz-Canel acknowledged that Cubans spend over 70% of their income on food. Although this figure falls short — considering the minimum wage (2,100 pesos) is not enough to buy a carton of eggs (2,500 pesos) — it was a slight recognition of the severe food scarcity affecting the population in Cuba.

In reality, there are people in Cuba, mainly the elderly, who cannot afford to eat even twice a day despite using all the money they have.

During his visit to Baracoa, Díaz-Canel suggested “voluntary work” as part of the solution to a longstanding problem in Cuban agriculture, which has been crippled by a lack of investment and repressive measures against productive forces, along with failed agricultural policies.

“We need to start working, everyone needs to work and help, and others need to support with voluntary workdays as we have done in other times,” he added in a video also shared by journalist Mario J. Pentón on his YouTube channel.

“Although this is a hardworking town, we have some people who are lazy, disconnected from studying and working. They contribute nothing, demand many rights, but don’t fulfill duties. This is a society where everyone needs to contribute. We need to move forward together,” he said.

The leader visited a chocolate factory where the government hopes to introduce another Cuban product into the international market.

“We need to finish solving the startup problems so it can operate at full capacity and we can produce all the assortments possible with chocolate, not just the bar and the bonbon, but also chocolate powder for breakfast, so we can have a consolidated chocolate industry,” he remarked.

Despite receiving significant investment in two of its lines in 2018, the chocolate factory hasn’t reached expected production levels. According to an official TV report, the issue lies in the quality of the raw materials received, said the director.

1 thought on “Díaz-Canel blames ‘lazy’ Cubans for food crisis, calls for unpaid ‘volunteers’ to work in the fields”

  1. Well, they always deflect blame; they have to find some scapegoat, and they’re too used to saying and doing whatever they damn well please and getting away with it. Also, they wouldn’t know shame from Shinola.

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