The Havana government is preparing an offensive to confront those known as coleros and touts on public roads.
In a meeting last Thursday of the Temporary Working Group of Havana, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in the capital province said, referring to the so-called coleros, that “the corresponding measures must be applied with those people” who “have turned queue dominance into a business,” reported Tribune of Havana.
Torres Iríbar also had words for the street vendors against whom, he stated, “the confrontation will begin.”
The partisan leader’s statements took place in the context of a meeting in which some of the usual unresolved problems that affect the inhabitants of the Cuban capital, such as the state of transportation or the high prices of the agricultural market, were discussed again.
The Cuban government, unable to guarantee the population access to basic necessities, criminalizes coleros and resellers who are a consequence of the shortage and not its cause.
The official newspaper Granma warned, at the beginning of the year, that in the National Assembly of People’s Power “the importance of reactivating the process of confronting coleros and hoardersa process that was losing effectiveness in the country”.
The journalistic note analyzed the situation of the questioned stores in Freely Convertible Currency (MLC) in the city of Cienfuegos.
These stores offer Cubans who can access foreign currency products that cannot be found in establishments that accept the peso, the national currency.
Last February it was learned that the authorities of the province of Holguín imposed 995 fines to people who distorted the garage sale modality, resellers and hoarders.
To the fines were added 136 warnings, the same number of “prophylactic measures” and another 637 actions, in addition to the fact that people were prosecuted for the crimes of hoarding, speculation, reception, attack and disobedience.
the provincial newspaper Nowin the usual tone of blaming and disclaiming responsibilities used by the ruling party, emphasized that “the fight against coleros and resellers continues, but requires strengthening in some territories.”
Faced with the bloody panorama of scarcity of basic necessities, the government has implemented other rationing measures such as the so-called municipalization of commerce, a measure that forces customers to buy only in stores in the territory where they reside.
A Cuban mother sent, last April, a public message to the government of Havanawhere she denounced her bad experience when trying to buy disposable panties for her son in that city, because the store where this product was in stock was not located in her municipality of residence, and therefore she did not have the right to buy them.
“This situation affects working mothers who don’t have the whole day to queue at the neighborhood store where we’re supposed to shop; we shop near work or wherever we can, because when we get home our store is closed, or it’s already It’s all over,” said Rouslyn Navia Jordán, in her complaint message.