Cuba: the ’68 Revolutionary Offensive Reedited

The 1968 “Revolutionary Offensive” nationalized all the small businesses that remained after the Revolution triumphed in 1959. According to figures from Granma newspaper itself, 55,636 small businesses were seized back then:11,878 grocery stores, 3130 butchers, 3198 bars, 8101 food selling establishments, 6653 launderettes, 3643 barber shops, 1188 shoe repairmen, 4544 car repair workshops, 1598 craft businesses and 3345 carpentry workshops.

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Cuban Residents Abroad Stripped of their Voter Rights

An announcement in Thursday’s edition of Granma newspaper about the preparations for the upcoming elections states that “according to that stipulated in the 1992 Electoral Law, all Cuban citizens who are 16 years old and over and are living in the country on a permanent basis for at least the last two years before an election, have the right to vote.” This implies discriminatory treatment of those Cubans who live abroad, when it comes to everything related to the current election process.

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The Cuban Revolution’s Anti-socialist Nature

On April 16, 1961, on the corner of 23rd and 12th Streets in Vedado, Havana, Fidel Castro announced the “socialist and democratic nature of the Cuban Revolution.” However, since the ‘60s, many Cuban socialists from different generations have been reporting the truly anti-socialist path that the Revolution has taken since its first actions in 1959.

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