It looks like a city under siege

Carta de Cuba alerts that the Cuban capital is constantly surveilled by patrolling soldiers and police, whom traverse municipalities to impose order reports the independent press during the last couple of weeks. In the municipalities of San Miguel del Padrón Regla, Arroyo Naranjo and La Habana Vieja, the patrols travel the streets identifying people dedicated to the black market (underground economy) and traffic in prohibited substances that are fundamentally sold to tourists.

It is common to see police patrols asking youth, who roam El Prado Avenue or areas close to the malecón in Havana – zones in the outskirts visited by foreign tourists, for identification.

Military patrols also try to identify Cubans who walk these areas (El Vedado neighborhood, where nightclubs and hotels visited by tourists are located) late at night.

“It looks like a city under seige,” said Fulgencia Álvarez, an elderly woman who lives two blocks from Maceo Park in the municipality of Centro Habana.

It is estimated that in the eastern provinces 2,000 recruits were amassed to complement repressive forces in the Cuban capital.


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