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Cuba, from bad to worse

Havana Cuba. — Brakes and restrictions on the private sector, abusive stores in MLC and an economic reorganization implemented at the worst possible moment and that failed completely and caused an inflation that has thrown the majority of Cubans into destitution… With so many absurd and unpopular policies that they only increase discontent and, therefore, animosity towards the regime, one could even suspect that in the upper echelons of the State-Party-Government there are people interested in ensuring that the post-Fidelista continuity ends up bursting once and for all. for all.

Due to his disastrous management of the economy, his disconnection from reality, his stubbornness in maintaining policies and methods that fail over and over again, due to his clumsiness and the continuous nonsense and paperwork, Díaz-Canel and his incapable ministers are the most disastrous team of government in the history of Cuba. They go, always with the same speech, from one mistake to another, from nonsense to nonsense, from paper to paper. It’s as if they make an effort to make everything go wrong for them.

The most recent moves of the bosses to capture foreign currency seem typical of a comedy of the absurd, for example, in the midst of so much hunger, misery and blackouts, with a population that only thinks about how to get food, the imposture of a ridiculous festival and cheo, made in collusion with a couple of Italian hustlers.

They recently opened a store in Havana that sells boats, motors and compasses, as if inviting more people, after paying dearly, to join the current migratory routthe largest since the Mariel crisis in 1980.

The bosses blame US policies towards Cuba, particularly the Cuban Adjustment Act, for this uncontrolled exodus that is costing the lives of many compatriots. But they stimulate it. The account they draw, with their mentality of failed winemakers, is that those who leave are fewer mouths to feed, fewer discontents to repress and more remittances in just a few years. The bosses believe that if they take steam out of the pressure cooker, they will delay the blowout a little longer.

The only thing this regime is efficient at is surveillance and repression. But that, so much that they are getting out of hand with the squeeze, will be counterproductive.

The dictatorship, which panicked with the protests of July 11 and 12, 2021, has cruelly punished hundreds of young people who participated in them, imposing sentences of more than 20 years in prison (2 of them 30). Thus, they have earned the hatred of their relatives, friends and neighbors and international rejection.

Castroism wants to intimidate and further shackle Cubans with a new Nazi-Stalinist Penal Code and a barrage of prohibitive laws that seem typical of prison regulations. For now, they may be intimidating, but it won’t be for long.

Today what prevails among ordinary Cubans, more than fear, is despair in the face of a future that looks increasingly uncertain. There is also a lot of confusion when it comes to distributing blame for the current situation, always evading personal responsibility in solving our problems so as not to risk it. It is as if the settlement of Cuba’s problems corresponded to Scots or Croats so that, while we, the mourners, dedicate ourselves to looking for the pesos and see what we cook tomorrow.

I recently heard a middle-aged woman who, in a long queue to buy oil and chicken, in addition to complaining about high prices and shortages, about the excessive sentences against “the boys of the protests”, ranted the same against “these brazen fat men” (the bosses) than against “the Americans who make you go to Guyana to see if they give you a visa” and “the people from Miami who push from there and don’t hit each other, like that Otaola ”, in reference to the influencer Alex Otaola.

The regime, by force of repression, managed to frustrate the Civic March for Change of last November. With this, he has managed to instill discouragement and distrust among many of those who oppose Castroism.

I hear some people, with no little cynicism, sharply criticize dissidents who have recently gone into exile, even if they were taken out of jail and forced into exile by State Security. They demand from these activists the sacrifice and immolation of which they themselves are not capable.

They will cite the case of Yunior García Aguilera, the dismantling of Archipiélago, 27N and the San Isidro Movement; They will tell you that his companions abandoned Luis Manuel Otero and Maykel Osorbo, against whom the prosecution is asking for six and ten years in prison, respectively; They will repeat to you that the opposition, sick with egos and infiltrated by State Security moles, cannot agree on even minimal common points and that “here, with so much sneaking around, you don’t know who is who.”

And they will conclude, in defeat, giving the regime a treat, assuring that it is not worth taking the risk, that “there is no one to knock this down nor anyone to fix it”, that “this town is useless”, that “we deserve what that we have”, that “this, even if it falls next week, won’t be fixed even in 40 years”, that “the best thing is to leave”.

If Castroism has succeeded in anything, it is in debasing and demoralizing society. A poor consolation for his plans. It will only allow them to last a little longer in power, but it will inevitably make the end more dire for everyone.

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