Just two days after the visit of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel to the vulnerable neighborhood of El Fanguito, in the Havana municipality of Plaza de la Revolución, an official delivered the title deeds of their homes to 44 families who lived in irregular conditions.
The provincial newspaper Havana Tribune reported that the measure is part of the Comprehensive Transformation Plan of 62 vulnerable Havana neighborhoods and will allow their owners, among other things, to apply for subsidies to repair their residences, register in the Consumer Registry to access the regulated basic food basket and contract the liquefied gas service.
One of the families included in this action was that of Marvelys Larrazabal Pons, a woman of Guantanamo origin, who had lived in the settlement for almost three decades as an “illegal immigrant”; a case that is not exceptional but rather the norm, since poverty and lack of opportunities outside the capital, especially in eastern Cuba, have forced thousands of people to emigrate to Havana for decades and settle in the so-called neighborhoods unhealthy, illegal settlements or “come and go”.
El Fanguito, one of the most famous, in addition to presenting serious infrastructure and unhealthy problems, as it has spread arbitrarily on the banks of the Almendares River, suffers violent floods and damage in times of heavy rains and hurricanes or when the level increases. from sea.
Although there is still not enough information available about this Comprehensive Transformation Plan, which emerged from the tours that different leaders began to take through historically marginalized neighborhoods after the July 11 protests, recent coverage of the Cuban News Agency revealed that as of September 10, 1825 homes had been legalized and 1876 supply books were delivered to families that were not in the Consumer Registry.
The provincial governor of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, during the extended session of the Temporary Working Group of the capital, also specified that 56 percent of the planned actions had been carried out and that the entities with the greatest impact were Hydraulic Resources, the Electric Company, Community Services and ETECSA.
According to a granma note on August 18 regarding a “work meeting” that Díaz-Canel held with other Cuban officials, the concept is not to intervene in the neighborhoods but to support the neighborhoods.
“The diagnosis, the proposals, the ideas have to come from them … We are going to help channel all this and work with the people, with the actors who are in the neighborhood, which will allow us to articulate well the concepts of participation. and democracy, ”the text refers to, citing the president who, on July 11, ordered his followers to confront Cubans protesting against his government in the streets.
However, while some families from impoverished neighborhoods receive basic care that they have been denied for decades, other families from those same neighborhoods and from others continue to wait to meet with those who were imprisoned for participating in some way in the anti-government demonstrations of July 11. and of the successive days.
Activists and independent organizations like Cubalex they have documented more than a thousand cases of people who were detained or disappeared for hours or days after that historic Sunday in Cuba.
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