Saturday, January 30, 2016

Protest To Demand Food In Havana

Protest To Demand Food In Havana / 14ymedio
Posted on January 29, 2016

vegetables launched in Havana last week by the government is causing
unease among large sectors of the population. Most affected by the
restrictions are those who find in this commercial alternative a chance
to buy food in their own neighborhoods and streets, far from
agricultural markets.

For the elderly, people with disabilities or families with small
children, the ability to buy fruits and vegetables "on their doorstep"
has been very popular in recent years, despite high prices. In a clear
strategy of "cutting off their nose to spite their face," the
authorities have decided to combat high food prices through maximum
restrictions on intermediaries and street vendors.

The scene of a group of people protesting when police demand to see his
papers and confiscate the merchandise from a street-cart vendor, as
shown in this video that has come into our hands, says a lot about the
unpopular measures of control the government has adopted against private
vendors; and it also highlights the shortages of food products Cuban
society is suffering today.

In the images posted on YouTube under the pseudonym SomosdeCuba (We are
Cuban), the police harass street vendors selling fresh food. People
start to gather and shout: "Abusers," and then in a chorus yell "Food!
Food! Food!" Finally the vendors start giving away their products rather
than let the police confiscate them.

Source: Protest To Demand Food In Havana / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba -

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