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Posted June 17, 2008 by publisher in Business In Cuba

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(original title: Cuba Closes Factories, Warehouses In Crackdown On Illegal Manufacturing)


Cuban authorities shut down 13 factories and 10 warehouses in a major anti-corruption crackdown on illegal manufacturing, official media reported Tuesday.

Guillermo Perez, a Havana province government official, said that about 50 people were fined and that authorities confiscated machinery and plastic and aluminum goods.

The factories were making such things as plates, cups and hair accessories, all out of plastic or aluminum, Perez said, commenting on the sweep by the ” Fight Against Social Indiscipline Task Force.”

State media last week reported on “Dumpster divers” who illegally pick up scrap materials and waste for reuse. About 300 people were fined, and dozens were forcibly returned to the provinces of their birth, they said.

The government of President Raul Castro has made anti-corruption work a key priority in the Americas’ only one-party Communist-ruled country.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 17, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Well this one should definitely fall in the “shame on Raul” category.

    What a crappy story. I’m sure these “factories” and “warehouses” were simply people living rooms and closets.

    And were 50 people fined or were 300 people fined?

    You know why these “factories” were shut down?

    The government doesn’t like the competition.


    Same old shit in Cuba, right Raul?

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 18, 2008 by abh with 244 total posts

    not quite sure if cracking down on dumpster divers is the solution.
    They need to get to work on unemployment.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 18, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    not as if they were making phoney designer clothes and articles like happens in some other countries….

  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 18, 2008 by Mako with 172 total posts

    I know it seems unbelievable; but they are very “picky” on the “corruption” (entrepreneurs” they shut down. The ones with the right “friends”, know how the game is played, and fly under the radar, get a pass.
    It is a shame ..but very interesting to observe

  5. Follow up post #5 added on June 19, 2008 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    In spite of the “Under New Management” signage, it’s business as usual in the “Workers’ Paradise”.  Same old, same old.  Cubans have the same trouble recycling beer cans as they do trying to recylce their government.

    For change (cambio) we can believe in.

  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 19, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    one thing to be fair (if you can be, re cuba), many municipalities here also prohibit people going through garbage.
    Still rememebr in one neighbourhood on garbage day, about 5am, a pickup would drive through area looking for anything interesting to grab from garbage.  Maybe thats where Cubans got the idea…..
    Hoping depriving teh state of all those valuable recyclable matterials isnt considered a major crime in Cuba that’ll net you life .... Wait, they already have life ...

  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 21, 2008 by ERIC,NYC

    I keep imagining that Cuba is in fact changing(hoping).......But it´s this kind of thing that keeps me from visiting family and decades old friends,as well as my homeland…...I am afraid if I go,I will get into trouble.I son´t hold back my thoughts,LOUDLY !!!!!!!!
      I love Cuba but I would rather go to Barcelona and not come back stressed and destroyed seeing the same ruined city that is Havana and the paranoia and ineptitude instilled by this insidious dictatorship.
      Thankfully people from the entire world are coming to Cuba to awe at Havana´s destruction and the pathetic way of existence of the Cuban people…..Old havana is just 0.5% of Havana.The entire city needs to rebuilt and redeveloped…..Without USA ,I hope.
      Somethings are going in the right direction….for the government.Hopefully Raul and other ¨vetereans´ of the revolution will follow Fidel is gone,dead,I believe,Raul’s wife died…..and all the children of the revolution are living in Europe !!! SO MUCH FOR SOCIALISM !!!

  8. Follow up post #8 added on June 22, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Eric, you shouldnt keep negative thoughts to keep you from going to visit.
    I was born in Berlin (West) and although I found East Berlin to be far worse than Havana in some ways and the communist police state of East Germany far worse than I perceive Cuba to be, Istill went over for visits regularly.

    However, if you do go, it would be a good idea not to be too vocal in voicing opinions.  Partly because it can get you or your friends there in trouble; partly in my opinion, its a responsibility of being a good guest.  How would you feel if a foreigner visited you and spent his time bad-mouthing the USA?

    But do go if you have the opportunity.  Things are changing there - it was a year since my first visit (Jan 2007) and my most recent visit in Jan 2008, and in that year I noticed quite a bit improved - but unfortunately you’re right - there is so much more to do.

  9. Follow up post #9 added on June 22, 2008 by ERIC,NYC

    Hey Manfredz,
      Thank you for you encouragement !!! I understand exactly what you mean,afterall,the DDR and Cuba were part of that true “Axis of Evil” that was Kommunism,as I like to spell it…..I am delighted that you saw positive changes from one year to the next.I started going to Cuba at 17 and now I am 44 so I have grown resigned to the fact that I will never be able to live there…...There is too much bitterness and resentment between those on the island and recent emigrés to the US.Fidel has caused such divisions within our people and we need to move past all this but we are talking nearly 50 years of CDR spying,G2 secret police and well,you have been there….Cuba is a beautiful and surreal nightmare.
      If Raul quickened the pace of economic reform,he could stave off a potential crime wave by allowing Cubans to do what they want most:TO WORK and make a decent life for themselves !!! They are retarded !! they are trapped and can’t get “outside the box”.......but I guess I will have to go and see for myself once Bush is boxed away in prison…..(one can only hope)
      As for badmouthing the USA…..That is all I do these days and when I have friends from Europe come over ,I educate them on what a retrograde society I am living in…..and thank God I am in Manhattan !!!
      So I will go and remember to bite my tongue or maybe I will be surprised and find the people much louder about their grievances…..as a Cuban-American visiting the island,I was trusted and everything was told to me in whispers.I want to see a Cuba with block meetings where the neighborhood peopple can bitch at the local authorities on what needs to be done,that will be a step in the right direction….and perhaps with Raul’s already maligned “cosmetic reforms”,I will see a positive change in Cuba for the first time !! It’s been 8.5 years since I went…..with your comments,I am even more excited about going…...yet I will go without expectations.
      Thank you again !!                            Eric,NYC

  10. Follow up post #10 added on June 23, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    Glad if i could help to persuade you(If I read you correctly), unlike you I dont see Fidel and crowd as a total eveil.  From my perspective he improved the hot of most people considerably. (Just like lenin did in the Soviet Union).
    Sadly both however felt that they had to tighten their reigns on power to stay in charge, brutally putting down any attempts to change them, thus negating the good they good.  Hopefully those days will be over soon keeping for the people those aspects of teh current system they enjoy and replacing those tehy don’t.  Most important putting the mechanism for change back in the people’s hands, something the powers that be forgot is what got tehm into power in the first place -  without massive popular support Fidel and Co could never have beaten Batista.
    But do go and see for yourself - a whole lot has happened in 8 years (and I dont just mean that people can now legally buy cell phones)

  11. Follow up post #11 added on June 23, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    The Fidel who beat Batista and the Fidel who beat his own people are two different things.

    You will find very few people who did not support Fidel WAY WAY back then. But when he turned into a communist he turned bad and power hungry.

    Don’t confuse the Fidel of yesterday with the Fidel of 1962 or later.

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  12. Follow up post #12 added on June 23, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    I’m quite aware of that.  And that is what i meant by above ...somewhere along the line he changed (as has happened in other countries to), where clinging to power by whatever means became all important. Am hoping its a step his brother Raol won’t repeat, because this time round, I don’t expect the people to accept it. Most patiently waited for change to happen when Fidel passed on or down, and either to his benefit (or his detriment) Rao; has been making the right sounds - that makes it all the more important that he delivers, and not just cell phones and dvd players ... (modern day equivalent of “let them eat bread?”

  13. Follow up post #13 added on June 23, 2008 by ERIC,NYC

    Thanks Manfredz !!!
      I am just waiting for the George Sphincter Bush to depart and I am ready….Thamks again for your encouragement and I know what you mean….Cuba’s independence came at a heavy price.
      As my mother said,“If Fidel would not have gotten power hungry and oppressive,Cuba would have been close to an earthly paradise !”
                                      Regards from NYC,Eric

  14. Follow up post #14 added on June 23, 2008 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    it never works that way - looks at the newest member - Mugabe in Zimbabwe.  He too was seen as a hero for his people many years ago, now only his gonns beating up on opposition leaders help him cling to power.
    Personally i still think that most Cubans live better under castro than they did under Batista so therefore see Fidel as a net positive figure (I know many will disagree even on that point), but believe he still could have succeeded with making many positive changes that he made without becoming a tyrant and without wiping out so much of the middle class and professionals.
    All in all though the time for a tightly controlled government, communist or otherwise, is long overdue to be replaced with a government (socialist or not) that reflects and respects the wishes of the population.  It would be even better if such a government can also earn the respect of the many Cubans who left or were forced to leave the island.

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