Less than a year ago, there began to appear a considerable number of people in the streets of Havana who reminded me of my country. Beggars had re-emerged.
In the beginning, I thought this involved only a few Cubans who were simply trying to take advantage of tourism to pocket some easy change. To my surprise, however, I can now confirm a feeling I’d previously refused to believe.
These people have staked out their spots in the city; and not only are they soliciting handouts from foreigners, they’re also approaching fellow Cubans to beg for charity.
It might seem exaggerated, but it’s now common to see people bent over and rummaging through garbage dumpsters; I’ve even seen them eating directly from this trash.
It’s ironic, but close to Revolution Square you can see people sleeping on the street, which contrasts to the pristine high-rise buildings of the various State ministries around there. What’s more, there are clear signs that this will continue.
Instead of advancing, the Revolution is going backwards.
To take urgently required measures, a rigorous study of the development of the Cuban Revolution is needed to understand what is producing this regression. This would help to prevent us from continuing to commit the same errors.
This is indispensable not only for all Cubans but for the world as well, given that the collapse of the Cuban Revolution would not only harm the island. The workers of the world, especially those of Latin America, would be demoralized in the face of such a situation, delaying the outcome of the world revolutionary process in which we now live.