14ymedio, Havana, 12 November 2016 — From the early hours of the morning this Saturday frenetic activity it has taken possession of Rancho Boyeros Avenue, near the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana. Hundreds of buses, with thousands of soldiers, arrived for the rehearsal of the military parade which, this coming 2 December, will mark the 60th anniversary of the landing of the yacht Granma – the vessel that brought Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries from Mexico.
The Provincial Traffic Safety Commission announced earlier the closure of several of the capital’s major arteries, including the Paseo Avenue, from Zapata to Ayestarán; Carlos M. de Cespedes, from Zapata to Calzada del Cerro; and Avenida Salvador Allende, from Boyeros to Calzada de Infanta. Measures that, since early in the morning, have complicated traffic in the city.
However, comments heard on the surrounding streets corners focused more on criticizing the economic cost of military deployment than on traffic jams. “there are almost no medicines in the pharmacies, but are spending a lot of money in this parade,” a newspaper vendor, who was trying to cross a street closed to cars and filled with packed buses carrying troops, told this newspaper.