He fought in the war in Angola
Angel Pacheco Soublet was fined 4,000 pesos in Las Tunas while working to support his sick wife.
HAVANA TIMES – Last weekend, 83-year-old Ángel Pacheco Soublet committed suicide in Las Tunas after receiving a 4,000-peso fine for selling vegetables from a push cart, reported Maricela Peña, who identifies herself as Mari Rio Chico on Facebook.
Having no money to pay the penalty, Pacheco Soublet decided to end his life. This man was dedicated to selling fruits and vegetables to help support his wife, who remains bedridden, and her daughter, who takes care of her.
“This is a call above all to the heart, (…) let those inspectors put their hands on their hearts when they go to issue a fine. Look at the social situation we are in. Look at what we have become, far from adding up, we’re subtracting,” Peña said.
In the publication, Peña showed at least four medals awarded to Pacheco Soublet for his services as a combatant in Angola and recognition for his “active participation in community activities.”
On March 29, 2021, in Mayarí, Holguín, a young man also committed suicide after receiving a fine of 7,000 pesos for selling plantains.
The Government and its inspectors appear to be persecuting private activities, mainly focused on survival, more viciously than they did during the so-called “Special Period” of the 1990s.
The Penal Code recently imposed by the Cuban Government increases the minimum limit of the sanctioning framework for “illicit economic activity” that is carried out as an alternative to the Government’s dwindling products.