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    President of Cienfuegos Government Falls in Police Raid

    President of Cienfuegos Government Falls in Police Raid / Juan Juan Almeida
    Posted on June 10, 2015

    He confused having a political position with autonomy and freedom, used
    the Internet service to call his daughter who resides in Canada, was
    summoned for it, and had to pay the price for believing in the future.

    Eduardo Walfrido Coll Rodríguez, known as Eddy Coll, President of the
    Municipal Assembly of People’s Power in Cienfuegos, is one of those rare
    men who, occupying a certain medium rank, and possessing leadership
    skills to spare, accepts the word “change,” listens to the voice of an
    exhausted nation and, from a government position, defends and identifies
    with the people’s priorities.

    He is known for the effort he puts forth when an issue concerns helping
    others, and for his perseverance in battling against bureaucratic
    pettiness. Perhaps because of this, he was only summoned, and not
    expelled from his post. Let’s review step by step.

    In Cuba, the government provides resident foreigners (via ENET and its
    various plans) an option that it does not offer its own citizens: to
    legally contract with an Internet service and associate it with the
    telephone numbers of their domiciles.

    To ignore this difference is not a good sign; but this particular type
    of apartheid opened a commercial breach used by some Cubans to purchase
    Internet service from foreigners, and turn their own computers into
    telephone switchboards.

    This appears to be a good business, and produces significant savings for
    customers. Tariffs imposed by the Telecommunications Company of Cuba
    (ETECSA) fluctuate between 1.00 and 1.20 CUCs per minute, depending on
    the geographic zone with which a connection is being made. The parallel
    network for international calling offers an identical service at .20 or
    .25 CUC cents per minute.

    I should point out that, according to unofficial data, the volume of
    calls out of Cuba via the Internet does not impact ETECSA’s revenue–but
    does impact the interests of the Interior Ministry (MININT) which,
    because it cannot monitor those calls, has circulated a resolution that
    punishes this activity with a decommission of the telephone line, and
    places its proprietors at the disposition of the court.

    To enforce this regulation, ETECSA is constantly monitoring ENET users’
    connection times and–if it detects a notable increase in usage on one of
    its lines–ETECSA will presume the existence of a business arrangement,
    and will alert MININT, which organizes the shutdown.

    So, as if the “new economic model” were to also involve being implacable
    towards family communication, Eddy Coll was caught in one of these
    roundups, reprimanded for using the resources of the State for personal
    benefit, for visiting the clandestine cyber-café, nicknamed “the
    telephone booth,” of his neighbor, Lisette, and calling his daughter in
    Canada.

    Some individuals who have a knack for staging events showed their
    solidarity [with the government] when they learned of the reprimand, and
    supported it as a warning. At this point, what’s the use? But it’s not
    surprising. What kind of legacy can we expect from a country that we can
    only view through the lens of folly? From a small nation which
    (according to what I’ve heard) has an Islamist terrorist living a
    pleasant life in Havana–in Siboney, to be exact–and that soon will be
    removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism? Inconceivable,
    yes; but that’s another story.

    Translated by: Alicia Barraqué Ellison and others

    Source: President of Cienfuegos Government Falls in Police Raid / Juan
    Juan Almeida | Translating Cuba –
    http://translatingcuba.com/president-of-cienfuegos-government-falls-in-police-raid-juan-juan-almeida/

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