As a symbol of the times, the building where Socialism was proclaimed in Havana in 1961 by Fidel Castro suffered a partially collapse yesterday. In the ground floor of the building that particular historic moment still has a carve sculpture with the face of Castro inciting Cubans against the US government, as you see in the next picture:
The sculpture says: “This is the Socialist Revolution and democratic of the poor, with the poor and to the poor”.
But yesterday Castro didn’t show off when the firefighters and paramedics were evicting Cuban families from the top floors where that particular carve sculpture still remember Socialism, in a place where that ideology doesn’t even exist anymore. And, of course, the poor living on top of that sculpture were evicted to a temporary place where they are going to live forever, as many times have happened in Cuba.
The building is settled in the corner of 23 and 12 streets, downtown Havana, a very well-known intersection to the moviegoers too. But Havana’s crumbling buildings have been lately the source of news in this early 2012 months as I have wrote in anotherpost.
There are not the only ones though. Havana is lacking 600 thousands houses for Cubans, and many inhabitants of buildings like the one who was evicted in the famous intersection of 23 and 12, Vedado, are living in “temporary shelters” and had became permanent, that’s why Cubans refuse to leave their shattered homes and many die when those old buildings collapse.
On top of that, Havana downtown is full with the remains of those collapsed buildings, like the one depicted below:
That’s Downtown Havana, Galeano and San Miguel streets, in the core of Cuba’s capital city and it collapsed in the late 80’s but still the old remains are the picture of a country where its government hadn’t invest in housing infrastructure but, instead, prefer to build to its favorite citizens: the tourist.
As in the building partially collapsed in 23 and 12, where the only public statue of Fidel Castro remembers of that 1961 when he said that “revolution” was “... to the poor and with the poor”, the corner of Neptuno and Industria, close of one of the luxury hotels for tourist in Central Park, Havana, is waiting to collapse with Cuban families living in its premises as you can see in the picture:
How long Cuba’s authorities will wait to invest for the ones the “revolution” was made: the poor?
Will they wait 53 years more to solve those problems?
The collapse of the stairs in the building who is keeping the remains of 1961 Castro’s speech is just the symbol of what Cuba had became: hypocrisy, double standard, a living lie.