The topic of the “elections” in Cuba is a constant thing. There are various ads on television, interviews with Delegates from diverse electoral districts and supposed meetings that are planned in different neighborhoods to shine an international light on Cuba – just like a few days ago when a fence appeared around my house and later the people who were there said, as good Cubans do, it was all an Act.
About two years ago I heard that they were allowing the sale of construction materials as long as you had a signed document from the Delegate of your Zone — you could get things like cement, tiles, windows, doors and furniture. The Delegate went around letting everyone know and gave us an office appointment at 6pm on Thursdays to get the document.
As a Cuban citizen, resident in Zone 1, Electoral District 2 of the Municipality of Central Havana, in the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo, with all of the rights to which I am entitled, and so as not to lose them, I went to this woman to ask for 30 tiles to fix the roof where I live with my two young daughters. I was very clear that I do not belong to any government organization but in order to avoid having to turn to the black market, I was asking her for these things.
You can’t imagine what it was like to wait for this functionary, she turned a deaf ear to me — time keeps passing and my roof keeps leaking every time it rains. The vigilance to which my family is subjected does not allow us to buy anything under the table to survive.
The Delegate, on the other hand, built herself a panelled house with doors and windows made of iron and glass. She just installed a cement tank to collect clean water and she sleeps peacefully while there are neighbors around her who, like me, turned to her to buy things, which were not free, but without authorization we could not buy. I signed on to various waiting lists and after the last hurricane, they explained to me that everything would be worked out, even though I continue to wait.
I don’t think my case is the worst, but I am sure that it is one more of the many that are unsolved — and silence and fear won’t be our alternative to waiting — so — where is the competence they say they have and their care. There are many people who have been fooled and who still believe in the FAKE ELECTIONS.
They all end their terms with good houses while the voters save their deposits in the bank of patience.
Translated by Hank