The Cuban opponent and political prisoner Silverio Portal showed the long tails and the fights to buy bread in Havana and assured that “this is daily”.
Portal documented a long line to buy the food in Centro Habana in two videos that he shared this Wednesday on his Facebook profile.
The images show pregnant women, mothers with small children in their arms and even a few months old, the elderly, disabled people in a long line to buy bread for the day.
It also shows the queuing arguments between two women, one of them pregnant.
The Cuban opponent refers in the recordings that “you have already seen what this means. What else can I talk about if you guys are watching it all. For the whole world to see the needs of the system”.
“These are the things that are seen daily in this country, it is what I have been denouncing about the dictatorship, their resistance for fear of losing power, these things are theirs, it is the destruction that exists, the neglect what’s up. It is the problem of the dictatorship of the Castros, the well-being that they and the people have, fighting and there are pregnant women screaming. This is daily”, Portal also points out, after walking through the long line of people waiting to buy their ration of bread, the food that for many years has helped alleviate the food shortage on the island.
This Tuesday, a report on state television revealed that in recent weeks the lack of so-called liberated bread has worsenedin addition to the decrease in the supply of products in the stores of the Cuban Bread Company.
A tour of the journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso in the neighborhood of Lawton, in the Havana municipality of Diez de Octubre, showed the dissatisfaction of the users, who they only have the right to buy four loaves of garlic -very small- or a loaf of bread, something larger.
“Demand is higher than supply. The people are demanding more bread and we, with the amount of flour we are receiving, are not capable of guaranteeing it“, admitted Nieves de la Caridad Lebequer, deputy director of the Company.
The board explained that due to the lack of raw material, a bread purchase limit of 20 pesos per person was established.
Cuba would need three ships of wheat to satisfy its demand for flour, and for months it has only received one or two a month.
The fault, according to Maidel Linares, first vice president of the food industry business group, is the US embargo that complicates payments to suppliers.
The low coverage of flour led the authorities to eliminate the assortment of bread to numerous entities. Only the family basket, prisons, hospitals, boarding schools, children’s circles and the Cuban Chain of Bread are prioritized.
Faced with this reality, many users turn to non-state bakeries, where the price has risen to 200 pesos a bagaccording to information released last week in official media.
Lázaro Manuel Alonso’s report brought out another problem: that of the exodus of qualified personnel.
According to Yanet Lomba Estupiñán, technical director of the Cuban Milling Company, there have been years when between 500 and 600 workers have asked to leave, out of a total of 1,700.
“This later threatens the production process because a miller is not made overnight, the miller requires a level of preparation, courses that cannot be given in a month, because the operational experience is not obtained at that time, is obtained later in the doing”, he explained.
Among the causes of this phenomenon, Lomba recognized that salaries are very low.
“Salaries are around 3,000 pesos, as a monthly average, without profits”accurate.
Last week, the portal Cubadebate He toured several non-state bakeries in Havana, where he found that the price of a bag of bread and packages of cookies is between 150 and 200 pesos.
In addition, the aforementioned medium spoke with several residents who assured that the standardized bread does not reach everyone, in addition to complaining about the low quality.