March 4, 2024

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Sleep or play dominoes.  Cubans wait days in front of empty gas stations |  outside

Sleep or play dominoes. Cubans wait days in front of empty gas stations | outside

Once again, the Cuban people are suffering from a severe fuel shortage. from Havana to Santiago de Cuba; From every city there are reports of miles of traffic jams to empty gas stations.

Some motorists sleep in their cars waiting for the tanks of petrol that we hope to retrieve. The Cuban website “Cubanoticias360” reports that others play dominoes along the way to pass the time.

classic cars

“We’ve been waiting here for three days, and nobody tells us anything,” one Cuban told La Prensa Latina, a Hispano-English website featuring Latin American news. Scarcity affects not only the classic American cars of the 1950s, which now serve as taxis, but also the public transit system.

Tourists love to ride in classic cars in Havana, but they also need gas. © ANP / EPA

The Cuban regime did not provide an official explanation for the fuel shortage. The Cuban dictatorship, once set up by the bearded revolutionary Fidel Castro, is by definition not generous in providing news to its population.

Rosneft

At the beginning of last month, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who has succeeded Raul Castro since 2018, was still talking with the Russian oil company Rosneft. Because of the US embargo imposed on the island more than sixty years ago, Cuba has long been dependent on Russia and Venezuela for oil supplies.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will vote in very limited parliamentary elections at the end of March, and the regime has not provided an explanation for the fuel shortage.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel will vote in very limited parliamentary elections at the end of March, and the regime has not provided an explanation for the fuel shortage. © AFP

The Cuban electrical system also suffers from regular blackouts. For many, the economic situation is so serious that countless citizens are moving abroad. Last year, more than 300,000 Cubans tried to reach the United States via Mexico.

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strikingly or intentionally

Oddly enough, they ran out of fuel right after the election, one of the waiting drivers told Cubanoticias360. Elections are a big word: for parliament, citizens were only allowed to vote for pre-approved candidates from the country’s party. “Obviously or on purpose, you name it.”