Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Protest’s Last Resort

A Protest's Last Resort / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 9 January 2017 — The residents of a central street in
Old Havana exhausted every way to get a sewer leak fixed. For weeks they
had complained at the "Accountability Meetings" of the local People's
Power, reported the problem to their polyclinic, and written letters to
the Havana Water Company; but the hole is still there.

The desperate residents' last resort has been to make their
dissatisfaction known through the hole itself. Handwritten on a piece of
cardboard, an ingenious demand to fix the break is written in the first
person: "How long am I going to be like this? I have been like this for
three months already and no one does anything. Will it take a death to
resolve the problem."

The initiative is unusual in a country where showing a poster with
demands may be the shortest way to a prison cell, but the text has
managed to survive several days in the midst of the daily bustle,
because it mixes the despair and distrust of the citizen with that humor
that relaxes tensions and makes you smile whether in a maternity ward or
a funeral parlor.

Source: A Protest's Last Resort / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -

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