Cuatro Caminos, the Market Where Cuba’s Different Social Classes Come Together

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 16 September 2022 — The fruit and vegetable market at the Plaza de Cuatro Caminos, the largest in the capital, looked bleak this Friday. Old manioc and green plantains were the only things that were being sold in the stands, among empty pallets and counters. “That manioc is so ugly … Continue reading “Cuatro Caminos, the Market Where Cuba’s Different Social Classes Come Together”

Cuatro Caminos Hasn’t Recovered

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 13 January 2020 — Although it is less than two months since the reopening of the Cuatro Caminos market, it has already suffered two temporary closures. This Saturday, the establishment reopened completely after five days with the food area closed. The state corporation Cimex confirmed to this newspaper that the market suffered breakdowns that made … Continue reading “Cuatro Caminos Hasn’t Recovered”

Cuban Authorities Blame "Hoarders" for the Incidents in Cuatro Caminos Market

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernández, Havana, 19 November 2019 — “Hoarders” and an “uncontrolled avalanche” are the adjectives with which Cuban Television described the crowd gathered last Saturday at the reopening of the Cuatro Caminos Market. The official response to the riots has taken 48 hours to appear and has come through information issued on Prime Time … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Blame "Hoarders" for the Incidents in Cuatro Caminos Market”

Why the Reopening of the Cuatro Caminos Market Failed

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 November 2019 — Economists and analysts will say otherwise, but Amalia, 68, has her own version of events. This Saturday she decided to visit the Mercado de Cuatro Caminos, in Havana, to observe with her own eyes the reopening of the most important commercial center in the Cuban capital. “When I saw … Continue reading “Why the Reopening of the Cuatro Caminos Market Failed”

The Cuatro Caminos Market Closes Until Next Week Due To Social "Indiscipline"

14ymedio, Havana, 16 November 2019 — What was going to be the most important commercial opening coinciding with the celebration of Havana’s half millennium has been marred after it was announced that the Cuatro Caminos Market would close after the first day of its reopening to the public. The arrival of thousands of people since … Continue reading “The Cuatro Caminos Market Closes Until Next Week Due To Social "Indiscipline"”

The "Resurrection" of the Cuatro Caminos Market and Free Trade in Cuba

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, 15 November 2019 — The beautiful published images of the rehabilitation of the Cuatro Caminos Market and resumption of operations at the service of Cubans is one of the few pieces of good news coming from that troubled country. After almost half a century of paralysis, after the confiscations and … Continue reading “The "Resurrection" of the Cuatro Caminos Market and Free Trade in Cuba”

Without Its Market Cuatro Caminos Seems Lost / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 30 July 2015 — Every city has its nerve centers, and one of Havana’s is where Monte, Cristina, Arroyo, and Matadero Streets intersect, and where the “Mercado Único” (“The Only Market”), also known as “Cuatro Caminos” (“Four Roads”), is located. This nearly one hundred year-old colossus has been closed since February … Continue reading “Without Its Market Cuatro Caminos Seems Lost / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma”

The Cuatro Caminos Market Will be a Museum / Orlando Freire Santana

HAVANA, Cuba – The Cuatro Caminos (Four Roads) Market, one of the most important of Havana, and pioneer of the system of supply and demand for agricultural products, will close its doors on 2 February. They already met with the employees and told them the site will undergo “repairs” and that they will be relocated … Continue reading “The Cuatro Caminos Market Will be a Museum / Orlando Freire Santana”

In Plaza Carlos III, an Identity Card is Required to Buy a Quarter of Fried Chicken

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 14 September 2022 — Forty people and forty identity cards, not one more. The crisis in the markets has made the leap to state cafeterias, and even in the cafeteria of the popular Plaza Carlos III, in Central Havana, it’s already impossible to sit normally and eat a quarter of … Continue reading “In Plaza Carlos III, an Identity Card is Required to Buy a Quarter of Fried Chicken”

One Missing Person and Dozens of Residential Areas Flooded by Rainstorms in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 3 June 2022 — A resident of Pinar del Río fell into a swollen creek in the district of Diez de Octubre and is reported missing by local authorities after heavy rains that mainly affected the west and center of the country. According to what neighbors told the official media, the man “didn’t … Continue reading “One Missing Person and Dozens of Residential Areas Flooded by Rainstorms in Cuba”

Rationing Neutralizes ‘The Mother of All Lines’ in Cuba

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 21 April 2022 — The area outside the Cuatro Caminos Market looked very different this Thursday, compared to what usually occurs every two weeks, and especially what happened on April 7th. That day, thousands of people gathered in a line that reached almost 20 blocks, where they waited to present their … Continue reading “Rationing Neutralizes ‘The Mother of All Lines’ in Cuba”

Cuba’s Cimex and Caribe Stores Will Distribute the Scarce Goods by Municipality and Ration Book

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 19 April 2022 — One day after 14ymedio reported the return to the restriction by municipality of residence on the sale in pesos in the Plaza de Carlos III, the official press confirms the measure for the entire capital as of this Thursday 21. The decision has been made, the Tribuna de La Habana acknowledges this Tuesday, “taking … Continue reading “Cuba’s Cimex and Caribe Stores Will Distribute the Scarce Goods by Municipality and Ration Book”

The Mother of All Lines Extends Almost 20 Blocks in Havana

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 7 April 2022 — Thousands of people formed a line this Thursday near the Cuatro Caminos market in Havana. Neighbors of the place confirmed to this newspaper the unusual line, which can be seen in videos and photos on social networks. “A thing never seen before: the line began in Matadero, went … Continue reading “The Mother of All Lines Extends Almost 20 Blocks in Havana”

Strong Police Operation Around the Homes of Several Cuban Activists and Reporters

14ymedio, Havana, 25 March 2022 — This Friday, several activists and independent journalists in Cuba have a strong police guard around their home. The 14ymedio reporter Luz Escobar denounced that there is an officer dressed in civilian clothes in the lobby of her building accompanied by a uniformed woman from the Ministry of the Interior, a police officer … Continue reading “Strong Police Operation Around the Homes of Several Cuban Activists and Reporters”

Cuba: Three Women from Najasa, Camaguey, Have Been Murdered in Four Months

14ymedio, Havana, 8 January 2021 — Misladis Carmenates Hidalgo, about 43 years old, was murdered by her partner on January 6 at her residence located in the Albaisa neighborhood, on the outskirts of the city of Camagüey. “Before the slaughter she suffered eleven stab wounds, before the murdered escaped,” the independent newspaper La Hora de Cuba reported … Continue reading “Cuba: Three Women from Najasa, Camaguey, Have Been Murdered in Four Months”