As number of homeless beggars increases, Cuban dictatorship plans to make them all disappear

From our Bureau of Socialist Compassion, Equity, and Social Justice

This is not good news. If Castro, Inc. has a plan to eradicate homelessness and begging, it’s definitely not going to actually help those unfortunate Cubans who find themselves starving and without a roof over their heads. Anyone familiar with Castro, Inc.’s modus operandi knows that these “undesirables” who embody the failures of the Revolution are not going to be cared for, but rather imprisoned. Lord have mercy.

Castro, Inc. officials blabber about such wretches receiving clinical evaluations and being cared for at “Social Protection Centers that will care for them rather than hold them in temporary prison conditions, but all of this blabbering is nothing more than a smokescreen. The harsh truth is that if Castro, Inc. wants these wretches out of sight, they are going to be imprisoned and inhumanely killed through neglect and abuse.

Castro, Inc. doesn’t have resources to deal with these individuals humanely, and — even worse — couldn’t care less about all of them. They are nothing more than nuisances who must be disposed of quietly and quickly, at minimal expense.

Abridged and loosely translated from CiberCuba

Inflation and shortages of basic goods are essential factors in the increase in begging in Cuba, an issue that the regime plans to address with its (umpteenth) plan to assist “homeless people.”

In streets where mentally ill individuals, the elderly, people with disabilities, and alcoholics abound, this phenomenon is a reality that the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel cannot hide. Consequently, the Council of Ministers approved the update of the policy for their care last May, ten years after it was first established.

The renewed regulation reaffirms the “responsibility of the Municipal Administration Councils in the prevention, care, control, monitoring, and decision-making” concerning people who exhibit “homeless behavior,” explained the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Marta Elena Feitó Cabrera.

Among the planned actions, this year sees the creation of a Social Protection Center in Las Tunas, which will be added to those already established in Pinar del Río, Havana, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Holguín, Granma, and Santiago de Cuba.

According to Feitó, in these types of institutions, people with “homeless behavior” are clinically evaluated and attended to by multidisciplinary teams trained to treat what she described as a “multicausal human behavior disorder, which constitutes a way of life characterized by instability and insecurity of place of residence, lack of self-care and economic autonomy, as well as the absence of a favorable life project,” in which “there is usually evidence of transgression of social norms and discipline.”

The government official revealed that more than 3,700 people are being cared for in these social protection centers. Of these, “87% are men; 50% are between 41 and 59 years old; 30% are people with disabilities; 24% have some psychiatric disorder; 30% have high patterns of alcohol consumption; and 38% are under 60 years old and do not have a home to return to,” according to the data cited by the minister.

Previously, figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security published by the weekly Trabajadores indicated that between 2014 and 2023, 3,690 individuals were recorded in these conditions; however, the island’s economic and social reality suggests an increase beyond the official statistics, as it does not include those who for various reasons turned to begging in churches, in front of tourists, or searching for sustenance in the trash.

With the updated policy, the aim is to design a protocol for the detection, information, and transfer of “homeless” individuals, as well as to assess areas where there are no centers for their care, to expand the network.

The regulation also stipulates the referral of minors found wandering to the nearest educational or health center to certify their health status, provide the required services, and inform the authorities, while provincial governments must facilitate access to rehabilitation, job offers, training courses, subsidies, housing, and temporary facilities for those under 60 years old and without a home.

Deputy Prime Minister Jorge Luis Perdomo Di Lella stated that the process of collecting people with these behaviors must be carried out with “integrity,” as the social protection centers are meant to care for them, not to hold them in temporary prison conditions.

Perhaps this update to a policy that has been in place for a decade without encouraging results will obscure the current picture presented by Cuba, which is ranked by the DatoWorld Observatory as the poorest country in Latin America.

Expectations for improvement fade when considering the low purchasing power, emigration, aging population, food and medicine shortages, as well as the measures implemented by the central government that undermine the well-being of its population.

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