Queues, police officers and high prices on the Malecón in Havana

Queues, police officers and high prices on the Malecón in Havana

With recorded music broadcast at full volume and under the surveillance of numerous members of the Ministry of the Interior and the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the authorities of Havana set up points of sale on the Malecón this Saturday, which were open until night.

Several ambulances and military vehicles deployed throughout the area, accompanied the panorama, while drinks and food were sold at kiosks at high prices.

“We have only got fat!” Complained a man who, together with his wife, bought several little boxes of food to go, with rice, cassava and a few pieces of pork. “This is pure butter,” he insisted.

The most popular kiosks were those that had breads and sweets for sale and where the long lines lasted until the edge of nine at night

In various points of the Malecón they were sold combined little boxes with chicken or pork that included a garnish of rice and a meal were worth 150 pesos (6 dollars at the official exchange rate). You could also find canned drinks and soft drinks at high prices.

The assistants ran from one place to another each time a vehicle arrived to stock the tents where the food was sold. Some, perched on the Maine Battleship Victims Memorial, waited for hours for an alleged ice cream truck, which never arrived.

The most popular kiosks were the ones that had breads and sweets for sale and where the long lines lasted until the stroke of nine o’clock at night when a heavy downpour dispersed the crowd as well as the law enforcement officers.

“Look for this! So much glue and gutted in water to buy these torticas (polvorones) break teeth that cannot be eaten!”, A woman who took shelter from the untimely rain in the Coppelita portal lamented.

At the end of October, the capital authorities announced that “Have fun on the Malecón”, as they call this type of fairs, was going to be held until November 16, however, the date has been extended after the announcement of the opposition group Archipiélago to maintain his call for protests until November 27.

A few meters from the coast, away from the hustle and bustle, at 23 y L, the Yara cinema was showing the feature film Cuentos de un día más, the first film co-produced between the state-run Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry (Icaic) and collectives from independent creation. The film, coordinated by director Fernando Pérez, brings together six stories that try to reflect part of the reality of today’s Cuba.

The reopening of cinemas, theaters and cultural centers is part of the framework that the Cuban Government drew up to, as of November 15, open the country to tourism, alleging the decrease in cases of covid-19 and a large percentage of the population vaccinated.


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