‘Maleconazo’ Turns 25 Between Legend and Oblivion

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, August 4, 2019 — “This was one of the places where more people joined,” remembers Loipa, a resident of Malecón and Escobar in Central Havana. Twenty-five years after the Maleconazo*, the events of that day have taken the form of an urban legend that older people tell and younger ones don’t … Continue reading “‘Maleconazo’ Turns 25 Between Legend and Oblivion”

The Maleconazo, Cuba’s First Popular Revolt, Happened 23 Years Ago / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 6 August 2017 — Havana, 4 August 1994. Amidst the suffocating heat, 12-hour blackouts, the devalued currency, and the scarcity of food, the sensations felt on the streets of Havana 23 years ago had reached the breaking point. Frustration and social malaise were in full bloom. People sat on the corners making plans … Continue reading “The Maleconazo, Cuba’s First Popular Revolt, Happened 23 Years Ago / Iván García”

Twenty-One Years After the Maleconazo* / Somos+, Elizabeth Cruz

Somos+, Elizabeth Cruz, 5 August 2015 — We Cubans are chatty, talkative and protagonists of everything whether it’s for good or for bad. Recently arrived in Miami, I heard someone say that we’re like crabs in a pail: when one tries to escape, another one pulls it back to the bottom without needing a lid. … Continue reading “Twenty-One Years After the Maleconazo* / Somos+, Elizabeth Cruz”

The Maleconazo Seen Through the Blinds / 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona

14ymedio, Ignacio Varona, 5 August, 2014 – Amalia Gutierrez was living on Gervasio Street in the San Leopoldo neighborhood when she heard the shouting on the other side of her blinds. Roberto Pascual was a patient waiting for dialysis outside the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital. And Vivian Bustamante sold illegal pizzas near the Spanish Embassy. They … Continue reading “The Maleconazo Seen Through the Blinds / 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona”

The Maleconazo in a Can of Condensed Milk / Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, YOANI SÁNCHEZ, Havana, 5 August 2014 – We had run around together in our Cayo Hueso neighborhood. His family put up several cardboard boxes in vacant lot near Zanja Street, similar to those they’d had in Palmarito del Cauto. His last name was Maceo and something in his face recalled that Titan of so many battles, … Continue reading “The Maleconazo in a Can of Condensed Milk / Yoani Sanchez”

Maleconazo Photographer Shares Links / Karel Poort

Translating Cuba received this message and is posting it here because Karel Poort, its author, is credited with the photos taken of the Maleconazo on the 5th of august 1994. Hello, I am sending you a link about the events of 5 August 1994 that is known as “The Maleconazo.” I ask your help to … Continue reading “Maleconazo Photographer Shares Links / Karel Poort”

18 Years After the Maleconazo Uprising, What Happened to Those of Us Who Stayed? / Reinaldo Escobar

I missed the events of August 5, 1994 because at that time I was out of Cuba. Some friends invited me to Germany and on the morning of the 6th I woke up in Frankfurt looking at some images in CNN that seemed to be of Havana, but I didn’t want to admit what was … Continue reading “18 Years After the Maleconazo Uprising, What Happened to Those of Us Who Stayed? / Reinaldo Escobar”

Detention and House Arrest of Activists on the ’Maleconazo’ Anniversary / Katia Sonia

Frank Reyes López, Delegate of the Party for an Independent and Democratic Cuba (CID) in Villa Clara, Víctor Castillo, Alcides Rivera and Félix Reyes, were all arrested by officials of the State Security Department at 9 a.m. on 5 August at the intermunicipal bus station and taken in patrol carrs to their homes, where they remained … Continue reading “Detention and House Arrest of Activists on the ’Maleconazo’ Anniversary / Katia Sonia”

Tragedy in the Darien Jungle: a Warning to the Returnee / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 17 June 2019 — Several weeks ago we received the news of the tragedy of the Armila River, in shock. On the night of April 23rd, dozens of Cuban families were mourning when more than fifty young people, who traveled north into Panamanian jungle, died dragged by a sudden flood. Despite its obvious … Continue reading “Tragedy in the Darien Jungle: a Warning to the Returnee / Jeovany Jimenez Vega”

US Grants Parole To Cuban Journalist Jose Ramirez Pantoja

14ymedio, Havana, December 4, 2019 — The Cuban journalist José Ramírez Pantoja, who requested political asylum at the United States border seven months ago, was freed on parole this week, although he will remain in detention until he pays bail. The reporter is asking for help from the community to pay what remains of the $10,000 … Continue reading “US Grants Parole To Cuban Journalist Jose Ramirez Pantoja”

The Day Innocence Drowned

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 13 July 2019 — From that year I remember the wait, it was a feeling that filled everything like the unstoppable ticking of a story that was about to end. More than hunger, the heat of summer and the blackouts, the most difficult thing to endure was that prolonged parenthesis that … Continue reading “The Day Innocence Drowned”

Fired Cuban Journalist Asks for Asylum in the US

14ymedio, Mario J. Pentón, 8 May 2019 — José Ramírez Pantoja, who was expelled in 2016 from Radio Holguín for a publication the government found uncomfortable, requested political asylum in the United States on Wednesday, convinced that “escape” is his only option. “They left me without work or sustenance, without caring about the years I … Continue reading “Fired Cuban Journalist Asks for Asylum in the US”

Trumpa€™’s “Pressure Cooker” Policy

14ymedio, Ariel Hidalgo, Miami, May 4, 2019 — The comings and goings of Trump officials in Florida lately to meet with exiled Cubans and Venezuelans, and the measures taken against the Maduro dictatorship and Castroism, clearly have an electoral interest, which is very common. All politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have always done the same thing. … Continue reading “Trumpa€™’s “Pressure Cooker” Policy”

Rapid Response Brigades Reactivated in Cuban Universities

14ymedio,  Marcelo Hernández, Havana, 14 April 2019 — In several Cuban universities, professors and directors are being required to ratify their membership in the Rapid Response Brigades (BRR), para-police groups destined to confront popular protests. Teachers must sign a document with the commitment to join these groups, according to testimonies and documents collected by 14ymedio. … Continue reading “Rapid Response Brigades Reactivated in Cuban Universities”