Cuba

Crackdown on illegal vendors

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov. 5 (Ángel Luis Bernabé, Isla Press / www.cubanet.org) – The City of Havana provincial court has punished 85 persons so far this year for illegally selling goods and food on the street.

Antonio Torres of the public prosecutor’s office said those punished were guilty of anti-social acts because they were selling prime need goods. He said the measures taken against them will put a brake on hoarding and thievery.

Housewife Mercedes Campos said reality was different and that the sellers were offering goods and foodstuffs unavailable at government stores and markets. “They’re the ones who are at risk and loss, but the real thieves are those in the government,” she said. “They’re the ones who are stealing the goods for sale on the black market.”

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