An Incident in Havana Worthy of the Gutter Press

Nonardo Perea

Street in Marianao, Havana. Photo: Luis Enrique González Muñoz.

HAVANA TIMES — It was Monday – Monday, July 13, to be more exact. It was 9 pm, the time the cannon at Havana’s La Cabaña fortress is fired nightly…but, this time around, a gun was also fired.

The incident I’m about to describe isn’t fictional, it’s real life. These kinds of violent situations are becoming more and more common, but we almost never find out about them, not unless we’re close to the scene of the incident and can get hold of detailed information.

That night, sector chief Ruben arrived at the family doctor’s office located on 142nd St in Havana’s neighborhood of Marianao to speak with the doctor who lives above the office. According to the doctor, the officer was looking for a person in possession of a firearm. The doctor, who at that moment was conversing with a young, pregnant woman, told the officer she hadn’t seen anyone; that only she and her little girl (who was playing on the stairs at the time) were there.

“It all happened very quickly, but I saw it all, or, rather, felt it, because one thing is seeing the shot and a very different thing is to feel the sound the shot makes,” the doctor explained.

“Seeing a dog go down the stairs, the policeman took out his gun from the holster, loaded it and shot my dog, who died instantly.”

Yes, folks, the sector chief, law and order, the person who supposedly prevents acts of violence and vandalism, for no good reason and in the presence of several people, used his weapon to kill the doctor’s pet in cold blood. The animal had been with her for five years and, only because it started barking at him, like it would before any stranger, the sector chief felt entitled to end its life.

“It was a very hard moment, something that left me speechless. I didn’t know what to do, I think that night he was out to shoot anyone,” said the doctor, who didn’t wait long to report the incident. Nothing’s been done yet, though many police officers came to her office the next day to take the statements of several witnesses. The sector chief continues to be in the area, but the doctor declared she’ll do what she has to see justice done, for, that night, the bullet could have killed more than just the dog – it could have ricocheted towards her, her daughter or the pregnant woman (who had to be seen to later, because she had a nervous fit afterwards).

Oh, Ruben, it’s a shame there are no sensationalist TV shows here, because it’d be great if everyone found out about this and everyone around the world could see your face and see you as the murderer you are. I would just love that.

7 thoughts on “An Incident in Havana Worthy of the Gutter Press

  • See below, which I contributed BEFORE you confirmed my expectations!

  • To expect Cubans to be able to provide video proof demonstrates an extreme ignorance of life in Cuba. Where does the average Cuban obtain the necessary funding?
    As a self described “newshound” you choose to disbelieve a Cuba Doctor but credit CNN (who owns that?) with spending 40% of it’s time devoted to US policemen shooting unarmed Americans. Have you timed CNN’s programs – can you substantiate your professional opinion? You wouldn’t happen to be reporting an untruth – would you?
    The article named State Policeman Ruben. Can you name all the US policemen that occupy 40% of CNN’s time?

  • You called it perfectly.

  • @jaazee1 2m2 minutes agoAlpharetta, GA
    An Incident in Havana important only to a doctor & mom in Cuba.Her pain is real;it could be you or me! #tcot #pjnet

  • In a era of Smart Phones and often innocuous videos quickly going viral around the world on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., and with thirty-plus ongoing U.S.-funded regime change programs supposedly operating on the island as we speak (based on documents unveiled and provided by Tracey Eaton), I am amazed that the vast anti-Castro cottage industry in the U. S. has to search so diligently merely to uncover…apparently without video proof…of a Cuban policeman shooting a dog. On the other hand, as a newshound, I estimate that about 40% of CNN’s time is devoted to U. S. policemen shooting unarmed Americans. Of course, the anti-Castro zealots don’t rave about major problems in the U. S. that need tax-funded attention — such as student loans, affordable health care, a decaying infrastructure, etc. — but they rail, usually successfully, for more tax dollars to exact regime change in Cuba, an amazingly safe nation that I and other visitors have observed. This is not pro-Cuban nor is it anti-American. I believe anti-Castro zealotry in the U. S. since 1959 has make the U. S. look like a “Banana Republic,” the precise depiction renowned Cuban expert Peter Kornbluh attached to U.S.-Cuban relations recently. The fusion of Batistiano-Mafiosi Cuba with Batistiano-Mafiosi America benefits a few just as it benefited a few in Cuba in the 1950s. That nexus would be hilariously funny if it were not so sad for democracy.

  • That is news in Cuba in the United States dozens of killings occur not of dogs but of blacks and Latino, and like the dog also unarmed. Luckily, that is news in Cuba, here it occurs so often that unless it is caught on a video…no one will notice.

  • Now wait for the regime supporters to spring to the defence of State Policeman Ruben!
    They will doubtless say that if it had been in the US, the policeman would have shot the Doctor – especially if the Doctor is black. Merely shooting the Doctor’s pet no doubt pales into insignificance compared with the evils imposed upon US citizens.
    No doubt the State Police who appeared next day were searching for a reason to charge the Doctor – hence no action against State Policeman Ruben.
    In the US the policeman would be sued – and as a Lawyer, Dan will probably agree that the case would be successful – it would in Canada!

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