Cuba Politics

“Chaos” in Havana after Hurricane Charley - with commentary

Posted August 23, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Politics.


Thirsty residents hijack water truck

A number of thirsty residents in Old Havana forcibly took over a water truck
and distributed the water to neighbors.

Water has been in short supply since hurricane Charley downed power

The truck had been sent to supply a bakery operated by a government agency. After the truck’s operator delivered water to La Eminencia bakery, residents who had been milling about asked him to give them the water remaining on the truck.

When he refused, residents simply took over the truck and started dispensing water to all comers.

Anti-government graffiti in Havana

Someone took advantage of a blackout in East Havana to paint anti-government slogans on the wall of a polyclinic, a few feet away from the local police station, August 11.

When the lights came on, police noticed the graffiti, which read “Down with Fidel” and “Down with Communism” and hurriedly painted over it.

Member Comments

On August 23, 2004, publisher wrote:

I read cubanet along with many other news sources. It is no secret that Cubanet is extremely biased and only prints bad news out of Cuba. That’ fine. It’ all good original content but I just couldn’t resist saying something about this news.

I posted both stories as they appeared on Think about it. A major hurricane cuts right across Cuba and this is the worst news that could find.

If more Americans knew more about Cuba, they would be outraged at US-Cuba policy.

On August 25, 2004, Gregory Biniowsky wrote:

Cubanet is just another example of wishful thinking in Miami regarding widespread unrest in Cuba. Over the past 15 years (since the beginning of the special period) there have been constant blackouts in Havana which present ample opportunity for anti-government graffiti. Nevertheless, Cubanet deems newsworthy in 2004 anti-government graffiti one wall in Eastern Havana. Is that the best evidence of mass discontent that they can muster? If they have not figuered this out already, there are 11 million people living on this island.