Pl 2009-11-20 05:54:06
My neighbor’s grief
HAVANA, September (www.cubanet.org) – Thefts, robberies, and s***** and grab
incidents are on the upswing on Havana’s streets in the last few months.
About a year and a half or two years ago, street crime had decreased
substantially, but lately, in spite of a beefed-up penal code, it is
Yesterday at 8 a.m., for example, I found my neighbor with his head in his
hands, a sour look on his face, contemplating the steel gates to the garage
where he had stored his motorcycle the night before.
The chain securing the gate had been cut, as had the chain that secured the
My neighbor used another neighbor’s phone to call police. The woman who let
him use the phone expressed condolences, as if the man had lost a near
This was all early in the morning. When I returned home after 10 p.m., I saw
a patrol car of police who had come to investigate.
Today, my neighbor woke up to the realization that he will not see his
motorcycle again. He looked sad and frustrated when I muttered a
half-hearted greeting as the only consolation I could offer.