Cuban Interior Commerce Minister on Food Rations: ‘Majority See It as a Good Thing’

Cuban Interior Commerce Minister on Food Rations: ‘Majority See It as a Good Thing’

Cuban Interior Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez claimed that most Cubans support a brutal new food ration policy that has forced those in major cities to stand on grocery lines for hours, the Cuban interest site CiberCuba reported on Wednesday. Díaz Velázquez, who implemented the new policies on May 10, appeared on the Cuban government propaganda show Mesa Redonda (“Round Table”) on Tuesday to defend the ration system. Cuba has subjected all citizens to a ration card since the 1960s, but shortages remained stable while the island nation’s parasitic economy could depend on the Soviet Union and later Venezuela. With Venezuela on the brink of becoming a failed state, Cuba has now returned to a situation similar to the 1990s “special period” that followed the fall of the USSR. The regime of dictator Raúl Castro blamed American President Donald Trump for the ongoing shortages. “Since the announcement of the change in the implementation of Title III we have had cases of importers and banking institutions that do not want to operate with us. That has created shortages and with that hoarding, uncertainty, panic,” Díaz said on Mesa Redonda. Title III of the Helms-Burton Act grants Americans the right to sue corporations that traffic in property stolen from them following Fidel Castro’s violent takeover of the country in 1959. President Trump ended a suspensio
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