Countless media worldwide are focused on the events. The web is full of videos, images, writing. We Cubans are not unexposed to this; although we only see and hear what the censored media broadcasts. Remember, we don’t even have free access to the Internet.
While the media on the island catalogs the events as “an intended coup against Nicolas Maduro planned from abroad,” thousands of Cuban families are desperate, fearing for their family members who are in Venezuela. According to official figures, 30,000 Cubans are working in this country.
For the relatives of the Cubans “on a mission” in Venezuela, it’s nerve wracking. They think the national TV reports of Cubans carrying on with their usual activities are false. “Venezuela is burning,” is the phrase that runs from mouth to mouth in this province.
Concern among the population is striking. People know that the fall of Maduro and Chavismo could strongly affect the daily lives of Cubans.
Loreto del Sol Pérez remembers that during the so-called “Special Period” in the 1990s, high-ranking officials weren’t affected: they monopolized the food supply, fuel, basic necessities, and became the black market suppliers.
Mrs. Omara Diaz says that if the Special Period returns, she won’t be taken by surprise. To the extent her pension reaches, she will buy a few candles for the blackouts. She also commented that she’s looking for the oven her son concocted during the Special Period for cooking with sawdust.
Rafael Villavicencio, retired from the Interior Ministry, said that the events in Venezuela are caused by the government of the United States of America. He added that they were “mercenary actions to prevent the integration of Latin American countries, where Venezuela plays a super important role.”
Meanwhile, Mario Ruano, a retired professor of Marxism and History concluded that the “coup attempt” is a response by Barack Obama to the “successful” summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), recently held in Havana.
According to the dissident Guillermo del Sol Pérez, Venezuelans taking to street in demonstrations have the view that Maduro wants to implement the regime of the Castro brothers in the land of Simon Bolivar.
The truth is that Venezuela is currently uncertain territory. Cubans are on the lookout for what happens there. When things calm down most of us, ordinary Cubans, still won’t know what’s going on.
Some are asking God not to let Nicolas Maduro cede the reins of Venezuela because they imagine what awaits us if that happens.
Simply that, for elemental survival.
Cubanet, 21 February 2014, Alex Reinaldo Perez