Friday, August 17, 2007

In every barrio, a monument

You would have thought that Cubans had plenty to worry about already, busy as most of them are trying to make ends meet in a country where the average wage is barely USD15.00 a month.

Well, you would be wrong.

Fidel Castro and his regime may be moribund but it seems there is no shortage of dopes (and their dopey ideas) in Havana.

You know, the same imbeciles who dreamt up the production of giant pineapples, the breeding programs for super-cows, “voluntary” work that was never voluntary, and that greatest of all revolutionary failures, the 10 million sugar harvest of 1969-70.

Now, they have come up with a new idea – the Mi Aporte por la Patria campaign, which translates roughly as “doing my bit for the homeland”.

According to today’s official media, the campaign is the brainchild of the executive of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR), the neighbourhood spy network set up in the early 1960s by Castro in every city, town and village in Cuba.

The CDRs, which claim to have eight million “members”, is calling on all Cubans to “donate” copper items, jewellery and artifacts.

The copper will be melted and then used to erect what are described as “revolutionary” monuments along the length and breadth of the island, highlighting Cuba’s “great socialist achievements” and its “continual struggles” against “the Empire”.

The head of the CRDs, Ileana Urrusuno, told the media that the monuments would be a kind of legacy for future generations of the country’s “battles” with and victories against those nasty, evil Americans across the Straits of Florida.

In other words, monuments to Castro.

Which begs the question: perhaps he is dead after all?


Blogger Andy said...

That's very strange. Almost sounds like the casas del oro y la plata program. But at least then, Cubans were being paid--even if poorly--for their valuables.

12:51 pm  
Blogger Val Prieto said...

le ronca los cojones

11:41 pm  
Blogger CUBAWATCHER said...

Eh, whatever - just more monuments for folks to piss on.

1:45 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever came up with this idea must be pretty delusional to imagine there could be any significant popular enthusiasm for such nonsense, let alone significant cooperation with it ("Yes, of course, the revolution can have any and all jewelry or other valuables I may possess...I'll find some other way to pay for items on the black market..."). Please.

Even if they do manage to put up some "monument" or other, that will just be one more thing to knock down once Cuba is free.

1:46 am  
Blogger Tomás Estrada-Palma said...

Raul will sell the stuff for hard cash and erect plaster statues painted copper color.

9:57 am  
Blogger Maritza said...

Until when Cubans are going to wake up???? I came to United States in 1969 and not a day goes by that I thank US for letting me in as a Refugee . . . . Now I am an American Citizen and very proud. Maritza in Cypress, California.

7:03 am  

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