Sunday, September 29, 2013

They Demolished Their House by Mistake

They Demolished Their House by Mistake / Leonardo Calvo Cardenas
Posted on September 28, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, September 23, 2013, Andy Andy Joel
Cabrales and Thais Maylen Franco, in an act of desperation, with their
two young children on Friday afternoon, positioned themselves in front
of the Provincial Court of Havana headquarters to demand a solution to
the tragedy they are living.

Ten days ago they inhabited a house in good condition at 315 Muralla
Street, between Compostela and Habana in Old Havana, when workers from
the Municipal Housing Directorate arrived to demolish a building. And
they mistakenly destroyed the bordering house.

Since then, this family of ten people, including children of seven, one,
and a baby five days old, all suffering from bronchial asthma, lives
among the ruins of what was once their home, now in danger of total

Given the repeated demands of the victims, housing officials claim that
they have no answer for the case. And in the provincial government
offices they were limited to "orienting" them requesting a hearing at
the Department of Population Assistance, which does not guarantee any

In their desperation, the victims have turned to the Communist Party
Central Committee, also with no response. The family reported that no
health authority has been concerned about the health conditions of the
children, or the young mother, still in quarantine from her recent cesarean.

Several citizens who supported the protest were arrested outside the
Capitol building. The municipal director of housing, local government
officials and Communist Party verbally committed to solve the case.

Human rights activists, lawyers and independent journalists will follow
up on the unfortunate event.

By Leonardo Calvo Cardenas,

From Cubanet: More pictures here:

22 September 2013

Source: "They Demolished Their House by Mistake / Leonardo Calvo
Cardenas | Translating Cuba" -

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