Havana Havana, Your Fountains Are Broken

I’m in the same park where thirty years ago my sister and I ran and played. Two girls turning pirouettes similar to ours hide behind some bushes. However, there is something very different in this deja vu: missing is the fountain with its sound of rain falling on marble. With rare exceptions, a very similar panorama repeats itself in every Havana plaza. Scarcity, negligence or urban policy, no one can explain it, but in recent decades this city has lost the moist presence of its fountains.

Guided by my memory, I decided to take a water tour. At the corner of Belascoaín and Carlos III all that is left of that pond where we dunked our hands and sometimes our feet is an empty tank. A few blocks further on, rusted iron marks the site of one of the more ephemeral fountains of my memory. It only lasted a few weeks after its inauguration in an official event, speech and all. Known as “Paulina’s bidet,” near Sport City, now and again downpours turn it into a greenish lake with tadpoles. And don’t even talk about the Fountain of Youth — drab and decrepit — so close to the sea, so far from its former glory.

In a brief investigation of why this city has lost so many sources, I find varied and revealing answers: “The problem is they stole the pump that supplies the water,” an official told me. At another site an annoyed employee assured me, “We had to close it because some people ended up bathing here, because they don’t have showers in their homes.” The nicest was a lady who looked at me with narrowed eyes while reproaching me, “Oh my, what a tremendous memory you have, this fountain hasn’t worked for decades.” In the center of Plaza Vieja stands one of the few that still functions, surrounded by an imposing fence, to keep the neighbors from taking the precious liquid bucket by bucket. My water tour ended, desert-like, at the well-known La India fountain, also without a drop of H2O.

As residents of this city we must do something so that our children can experience the beauty of parks with fountains. I know there are other priorities to be resolved, but how gray is the asphalt, how solitary a little square and how oppressive the heat without this sound of water skipping over the stones.

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227 thoughts on “Havana Havana, Your Fountains Are Broken

  1. @Socialist Worker

    I found the text interesting, although over 20 years old. Conlusions?

    You can change laws overnight. You cannot grow a new man overnight. Racism today has been erased form the law books, both in the US and in Cuba. Some of it still remains in human minds.

    The words have changed, too. A cop can lose his job for using the word “nigger”, but he is free to perform what is known as “racial profiling”.

    I have not been to Cuba, but was told by the tourists that a large proportion of police force is black. And police is the better paid sector of the workforce in Cuba. Many get motocycles for private use just after 2 years of service,

  2. AWWW Nick! FLATTERY WILL GET YOU EVERYWHERE! EXCEPT THAT THE “OLD QUEEN FROM CALIFORNIA” STOP HER COPY AND PASTE! JE JE JE!

    THE CASTROFASCISTS AND THEIR FASCIST BEHAVIOR! THEY PRACTICE RACISM AND ANTI RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOR!

    CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY WORLDWIDE VIDEOS: Cuban church under attack from government – 25/10/2013
    Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) condemns attempts by Cuban State Security and Communist Party officials to forcibly confiscate a property which serves as the national headquarters of the Apostolic Movement, one of the largest protestant Christian networks on the island.

    The property, which is also the home of one of the network’s national leaders, is located in the central Cuban city of Camagüey. It was legally transferred by the former owner, Reverend Omar Gude Perez, to his nephew, Reverend Yiorvis Bravo Denis, before Reverend Gude Perez left the country earlier this year. In mid-September, Reverend Bravo Denis was summoned to appear at court, where he produced the documents, signed and notarized by a government lawyer, that prove his ownership of the property.

    Since then the family has been subjected to continued harassment, including ‘acts of repudiation,’ where violent and verbally abusive mobs organised by state security agents surround the property to intimidate the inhabitants.

    In a show of solidarity, however, leaders and members of other churches from across the city and country have joined Reverend Bravo Denis and his family inside the property. The family believes that this physical demonstration of support has protected them thus far.

    Government officials have now begun a defamation campaign, targeting Reverends Bravo Denis and Gude Perez. This week the First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party in Camagüey met with members of the state media, including radio, print and television journalists, to instruct them to publish defamatory pieces targeting both church leaders. The journalists were specifically told to “emphasise that Yiorvis and Omar are not pastors, but rather common criminals.”

    Family members of Reverend Bravo Denis say the situation remains tense. The property is surrounded by state security agents day and night. An independent journalist who attempted to interview the church members received verbal death threats from state security agents. “They now realise that in the eyes of the world, they’ve lost the legal battle to confiscate the house…This has caused a huge scandal in the city of Camagüey, where nothing like this has ever really happened in the very heart of the city before,” said Kenia Denis, the wife of Reverend Gude Perez and aunt of Reverend Bravo Denis.

    CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “We urge the international community to condemn the Cuban government’s actions in targeting this family and church over the past month, as a matter of urgency. This campaign of harassment and intimidation, aimed at a group of people who have committed no crime, is unacceptable and reveals the true stance of the Cuban Communist Party when it comes to freedom of religion or belief. We call on the Cuban government to cease its targeting of Reverend Bravo Denis and the Apostolic Movement, and to facilitate a process whereby the network can operate legally. We commend the people of Cuba and of Camagüey in particular for their brave show of solidarity with Reverend Bravo Denis and his family during these attacks; we stand with them in spirit.”

    CLICK LINK BELOW FOR VIDEOS!

    http://dynamic.csw.org.uk/article.asp?t=news&id=1888&search

  3. ” What Cubans, and especially black Cubans, have achieved in Cuba, through sweat, blood and tears, are not handouts, as you would have your uninformed reader believe. I can’t go along with that. We’re winning for ourselves the “human identity” that has been James Baldwin’s great obsession and was denied us for so long.” Pedro Pérez Sarduy

    If you wish to read the rest of a response to Carlos Moore this open letter from an acquaintance, going back to the revolutions early days, is at this site. http://www.afrocubaweb.com/lettertocarlos.htm

  4. 15 dollars a month simplifies the choices of Cuban consumers and leads to a low-stress lifestyle.

    It is one reason Cuba is a paradise.

    If my parents made between 0 and 15 dollars a month, I would be the happiest kid in the world.

  5. COPY AND PASTE REQUEST
    @Humberto
    Counld you please copy and paste any cuban source telling that Cuba is an “island paradise”?
    I do not mean any lefist nuts from outside Cuba. I mean a cuban source.

    Thank you.

  6. Anyone who tells you Cuba is an island paradise is wrong. It is as wrong as is Stalin’s theory of Socialism in one country. Cuba has had an anti hijack law since 1970 also the year an anti-hijacking treaty was signed by over fifty countries. Obviously if you aren’t going to keep you treaty agreements than you should have a good reason not to. If he wanted to go to Cuba for guerilla training he could have flown from Canada or Mexico legally. Cuba of course has no obligation to provide such training. Religion be it Islam, Christianity, or Scientology is not a revolutionary doctrine. No one should be punished for the religious beliefs but that doesn’t make their beliefs revolutionary. Malcolm X broke from the Nation of Islam and although he started the Muslim Mosque Inc. at the same time he started the secular Organization of African American Unity. When he spoke during his last year he became increasing secular when discussing revolutionary struggles advising one to leave religion in the closet. Anyone who reads and understands Malcolm X from his speeches especially from his last year will not be taking a detour via Islam or the Christianity of M. L. King to a revolutionary outlook.

  7. OK, OK! SO THIS GUY WHO IS OUT OF JAIL WANTS TO LEAVE THE “ISLAND PARADISE” OF CUBA FOR THE “BAD OLD USA” WHERE HE COULD FACE PRISON TIME?? THIS IS VERY TELLING!!!

    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER: 29 years later, Cuba hijacker wants to go home – by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN

    So he returned to the United States and in 1984 he concealed a .25-caliber pistol in a plaster cast and hijacked a plane to Cuba, among the last in a flood of dozens of self-styled revolutionary hijackings. To Potts’ surprise, Cuban authorities didn’t offer him guerrilla training. He was convicted of air piracy and imprisoned for more than 13 years.

    Now, 29 years after he changed into a black beret and leather jacket in a plane bathroom and hijacked more than 100 people on their way from Newark to Miami, Potts is optimistic that he’ll soon be heading home. He said Friday that U.S. officials in Cuba are processing a passport application he submitted earlier in the week and they have told him it could be completed in a matter of weeks.

    While he faces virtually certain arrest upon return, he said he believes that the time he served in Cuba will allow him to avoid a lengthy second jail term.

    So he returned to the United States and in 1984 he concealed a .25-caliber pistol in a plaster cast and hijacked a plane to Cuba, among the last in a flood of dozens of self-styled revolutionary hijackings. To Potts’ surprise, Cuban authorities didn’t offer him guerrilla training. He was convicted of air piracy and imprisoned for more than 13 years.

    Now, 29 years after he changed into a black beret and leather jacket in a plane bathroom and hijacked more than 100 people on their way from Newark to Miami, Potts is optimistic that he’ll soon be heading home. He said Friday that U.S. officials in Cuba are processing a passport application he submitted earlier in the week and they have told him it could be completed in a matter of weeks.

    While he faces virtually certain arrest upon return, he said he believes that the time he served in Cuba will allow him to avoid a lengthy second jail term.

    “They accuse Cuba of harboring terrorists,” Potts said. “I happen to be a terrorist who wants to go back to face the charges pending against me.”

    Potts, 56, said he was buoyed by the case of a fellow hijacker who returned to the U.S. and saw a long sentence reduced because of time served in Cuba.

    It’s far from clear that Potts has correctly assessed his legal options.

    Other fugitives returning from Cuba have been aggressively prosecuted. U.S. citizen Luis Armando Pena Soltren returned to the United States from Cuba in October 2009 to face charges of conspiracy to commit air piracy, interfering with a flight crew and kidnapping in a case linked to Puerto Rican independence militants.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!
    http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/29-years-later-Cuba-hijacker-wants-to-go-home-4926346.php

  8. Castro, two years after his 1959 speech at the Havana Labor Rally, declared that the age of racism and discrimination was over. He will threaten with jail blacks who raise the race issue in Cuba. Carlos Moore, who wrote the book “Pichon: Race and Revolution in Castro’s Cuba”, Chicago, 2008, was sentenced to prison for declaring that racism was not over in the Castroit regime. After his release from prison he took refuge into the Republic of Guinea embassy and went into exile and now lives in Brasil.

  9. CHECK OUT THE PHOTO OF VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden AND LADIES IN WHITE HEAD Berta Soler ON THE VP TWITTER ACCOUNT (link below)! THIS IS A BIG FUACATAA!!!!!!!!!!! AGAINST THE CASTROFASCISTS!! AND THANKS DEAR OLD Nick! I KNEW YOU WOULD LIKE THOSE STATS WITH OF ALL THINGS! A LINK TO PROVE THEY ARE CORRECT!! BIG GUSANO HUGS AND KISSES TO Marabu, Socialist Worker AND YOU AMIGO!!

    CAPITOL HILL CUBANS BLOG: Menendez Comments on Vice President Biden Meeting With Cuban Human Rights Activist Berta Soler – Friday, October 25, 2013
    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement about Berta Soler’s meeting with Vice President Biden. “Vice President Biden’s meeting with Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, is a truly historic act of support for human rights defenders in Cuba. Through their acts of peaceful protest, Berta and the Ladies in White have remained an unwavering beacon of hope for the restoration of justice, human rights and democracy in Cuba. I commend Vice President Biden for standing with Berta Soler and the Ladies in White, and I look forward to my meeting with her in Washington next week.”
    http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2013/10/menendez-on-berta-solers-meeting-with.html

  10. CHECK OUT THE PHOTO OF VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden AND LADIES IN WHITE HEAD Berta Soler ON THE VP TWITTER ACCOUNT (link below)! THIS IS A BIG FUACATAA!!!!!!!!!!! AGAINST THE CASTROFASCISTS!! AND THANKS DEAR OLD Nick! I KNEW YOU WOULD LIKE THOSE STATS WITH OF ALL THINGS! A LINK TO PROVE THEY ARE CORRECT!! BIG GUSANO HUGS AND KISSES TO Marabu, Socialist Worker AND YOU AMIGO!!

    CAPITOL HILL CUBANS BLOG: Menendez Comments on Vice President Biden Meeting With Cuban Human Rights Activist Berta Soler – Friday, October 25, 2013
    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement about Berta Soler’s meeting with Vice President Biden. “Vice President Biden’s meeting with Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, is a truly historic act of support for human rights defenders in Cuba. Through their acts of peaceful protest, Berta and the Ladies in White have remained an unwavering beacon of hope for the restoration of justice, human rights and democracy in Cuba. I commend Vice President Biden for standing with Berta Soler and the Ladies in White, and I look forward to my meeting with her in Washington next week.”

  11. HEY HUMBY!!
    HOW ARE YOU THIS EVENING??
    That is some paste fella!!!
    Lots to digest there.
    That’s a paste that’s covering the whole of the Americas!!!
    Big Stuff goin on there….

    Mr/Mrs/Ms Freud has thrown down the challenge huh????
    Now HUMBY that is what I call a SERIOUS retort….
    What you’re saying is this….
    “HEY FREUDY….
    ….GET OFF MY COPYING AND PASTING TURF”

    If it comes down to a pasting face off between Freud and HUMBY!!……
    I’m backin my man HUMBY all day long…

  12. COUNTRY NAME – Latest Data Available for years 1950-53 (%) – year 2000 (%) – and % Increase
    ARGENTINA: 87% – 97% – 11.5% (increase)
    CUBA: 76% – 96% – 26.3% (increase) or 32% at 100% litteracy
    CHILE: 81% – 96% – 18.5% (increase)
    COSTA RICA: 79% – 96% – 21.5% (increase)
    PARAGUAY: 68% – 93% – 36.8% (increase)
    COLOMBIA: 62% – 92% – 48.4% (increase)
    PANAMA: 72% – 92% – 27.8% (increase)
    ECUADOR: 56% – 92% – 64.3% (increase)
    BRAZIL: 49% – 85% – 73.5% (increase)
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 43% – 84% – 95.3% (increase)
    EL SALVADOR: 42% – 79% – 88.1% (increase)
    GUATEMALA: 30% – 69% – 130% (increase)
    HAITI: 11% – 49% – 345.5% (increase)

    Source: UN Statistical Yearbook 1957, pp. 600-602; UN Statistical Yearbook 2000, pp. 76-82.
    a. Data for 1950-53 are age 10 and over. Data for 1995 are age 15 and over, reflecting a change in common usage over this period.
    b. Data for Argentina 1950-53 is current as 1947 data, the latest available, and reflects ages 14 and over.
    c. Data for 2000 are age 15 and over

    http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/FACTS_Web/Cuba%20Facts%20Issue%2043%20December.htm

  13. UNESCO: WORLD ILLITERACY AT MID-CENTURY: A statistical study published 1957 (p. 30)

    TABLE 5: Number and percentage of illiterates in the population 15 years old and

    COUNTRY: Year – Total number of persons – Cannot read and write – Per cent illiterate

    COSTA RICA: 1950 – 457,786 – 94,492 – 20.6%
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC : 1950 – 1,185, 424 – 677,293 – 57.1%
    PANAMA: 1950 – 442 249 – 132,978 – 30.1%
    PUERTO RICO: 1950 – 1,255,328 – 335,799 – 26.7%
    ARGENTINA: 1947 – I I,318,896 – 1,541,678 – 13.6%
    (could not find Cuba on this table)

    UNESCO: WORLD ILLITERACY AT MID-CENTURY: A statistical study published 1957 (p. 41)

    CUBA: 1950 – 3,400,000 – 680 to 850,000 – 20-25%

    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0000/000029/002930eo.pdf

  14. The illiteracy belongs to the past in Cuba, but is present amnong some bloggers here.
    Therefore we need to explain cuban real income slowly, step by step.

    Here about $3 500 every cuban couple (gays excluded) receives per child in the form of birth assistance. Read this:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2352687/How-cost-giving-birth-U-S-TRIPLED-1996-9-775–thanks-expensive-fees-epidural-placenta-removal.html

    if they have two children they receive $7 000 as a value of medical grant. Divide that by the number of working years and keep this in memory. It will help you to arrive later to the final result of $400 to $800 income per month.

    More income components to follow soon.

  15. For the mathematically challenged:

    Slightly less than 20 dollars a month is the MEAN wage in Cuba.

    The MEDIAN wage, what most Cubans earn, is less. It might be less than 15 dollars a month, I have met lots of Cubans making between 10 and 15 dollars a month.

    I have also met lots of unemployed Cubans making 0 dollars a month, as there is no welfare in Cuba.

    If you don’t show up to vote for Castro, for instance, you could be fired and blacklisted from all legal employment in Cuba.

    Also if you don’t show up for one of his parades.

    Also if you say “we should form a union” when working on Master Castro’s plantation.

    Yes sir, life is good on Master Castro’s plantation.

  16. Master Armchair Socialist:

    Master Mararbu is right:

    Cubans make 400 to 800 dollars a month.

    15 dollars go into their pockets, which covers all their expenses like food, rent, tooth paste, toilet paper, etc.

    The other 400 to 800 dollars a month goes in Castro’s fund for the maintenance of water fountains.

    It is out of this fund that guys like Marabu get paid to troll and paste the internet all day. Marabu gets paid more than 15 dollars a month.

  17. @Socialist Worker

    Thanks for posting.
    If you are new to this forum don’t be surprised to hear the “$20 a month wage” lie over and over again. The most aggresive ant-cuban posters, such as N.O., go even for $15 as you can see.

    The real monthtly income of a cuban worker is in a $400 to $800 range. Only a small part of it is a cash salary.

  18. Massuh Armchair Socialist Worker be posting truth again.

    Cuban boy like 15 dollars a month. Cuban boy like Massuh Armchair Socialist. Good Massuh, yessir.

  19. Black-white racism, while a problem, is the least of Cuba’s problems.

    A far bigger problem is the extreme anti-Cuban racism of Castro’s foreign Armchair Socialist supporters.

    These colonialists treat all the Cuban people, white, black, orange or purple, like Southern Plantation owners treated their black slaves 200 years ago.

    They believe only a Master Race of Armchair Socialists should have the right to vote.

    They say “stay on the plantation boy, don’t go stir up trouble, Massuh Castro coming, you Cuban boys doing just fine on 15 dollars a month”

  20. Fidel Castro in a speech on March 23, 1959, said: “One of the most just battles that must be fought, a battle that must be emphasized more and more, which I might call the fourth battle—the battle to end racial discrimination at work centers.” Castro brothers’ regime continued to exclude Cuban blacks from tourist-related industries, where they can earn hard currency. They are frequently excluded from jobs and responsible positions that require contact with tourists. They live in inadequate housing. Racism is alive and well in the workers’ paradise.

  21. Oh no!
    Who is this ‘Freud’??
    Is this a challenge to Humby’s copying and pasting prowess??
    Or is it Humby 2.0…’SON OF HUMBY’ or ‘DAUGHTER OF HUMBY’ perhaps??
    At least Humby waits a week or so before regurgitating the same old pastes.
    This so called ‘Freud’ is posting a paste that has been posted just a couple of days or so ago.
    I’d say that this is definitely throwing down the gauntlet….
    Watch out!!!
    Humbys gonna have to post the same paste twice in one day in order to stay ahead of Freud.
    SUCH FUN!!!!!!!

  22. EXCELLENT ANALYSIS ON THE PERILS OF “INVESTING” IN CUBA!

    FOX NEWS LATINO: Buying Into The Myth Of Cuba’s Economic Liberalization … A Bad Idea – by Rudy Mayor
    In the last few years, foreign investors have seen over $1 billion in assets arbitrarily frozen in banks by the Cuban government. During this time, CEOs of various foreign companies have also been arrested with little if any due process. Cy Tokmakjian of Canada’s Tokmakjian Group, for example, was arrested in September 2011 after his firm was raided and his assets confiscated in the typical communist fashion. Two years after the raid, Tokmakjian still sits in a Cuban cell and has yet to be charged with any crime.

    Similarly, Amado Fahkre and Stephen Purvis of Britain’s Coral Capital, both of whom had played a leading role in financing Cuba’s tourist industry, were accused of what the Cuban government called spying and revealing state secrets. After enduring a secret trial and serving 16 months in a Cuban jail, Purvis was allowed to return to London, but not before his business offices were shut down by the Cuban government. The multimillion dollar projects he invested in were similarly confiscated and transferred to a Chinese firm. Purvis admits that he was surprised his company was targeted, despite being financed by wealthy European investors and having a reputation as one of the best-established foreign companies on the island.

    Of course, even more troubling than the financial risks associated with investing in Cuba is the way these investments are structured. Many law firms boast to prospective clients that Cuba is an untapped market of 12 million inhabitants with no mention that foreign investors are prohibited from doing business with private citizens. In fact, foreign investors are only allowed to do business with the Cuban government which takes at least a 50 percent stake in the company as a condition of doing business on the island.

    Equally troubling is that foreign investors cannot hire or pay workers directly. They must go through the Cuban government employment agency, which hand picks the workers. The investors then pay the Cuban government in hard currency for the workers, and the Cuban government pays the workers a fraction of their salary in worthless pesos while pocketing the difference in dollars.

    CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE ARTICLE!

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/opinion/2013/10/22/buying-into-myth-cubas-economic-liberalization-bad-idea/

  23. RACISM IN CUBA WIKILEAKS BARBADOS CARLOS MOORE

    Moore’s lecture followed on the heels of the publication of an open letter he wrote to Cuban President Raul Castro entitled “Cuba’s Big Black Lie.” In the letter and in his lecture, Moore derided as deceitful past declarations by Cuba’s ruling elite that racial discrimination in Cuba had been eliminated. “Wherever we look in socialist Cuba,” Moore contended, “our eyes are confronted with a cobweb of social and racial inequities and racial hatred against black people.” In his lecture, Moore shared that, as a young man, he had strongly supported the revolution and been a devotee of Fidel Castro. However, this support quickly turned to disillusionment because of what Moore called the revolutionary government’s ineptness at destroying the legacy of white supremacy and racism against Afro-Cubans.

    Moore was among those imprisoned for protesting the revolution’s refusal to advance racial integration. He said he spent 28 days in jail, and was subsequently sent to a labor camp for 7 years before escaping to the Embassy of Guinea and eventually making his way to the U.S., after which he lived in exile in several countries for 35 years, still a committed Marxist with strong criticism both for America’s Cuba policy and for Cuba’s institutionalized racism.

    http://propagandapress.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/wikileaks-barbados-cubas-big-black-lie/

  24. ‘Obama Effect’ Highlights Racism in Cuba

    New America Media, News Analysis, Louis E.V. Nevaer, Posted: Dec 15, 2008
    “The European Union recently dispatched anthropologists to study racism in Cuba. Their findings were shocking: Not only was racism alive and well in the workers’ paradise, but it was systemic and institutional. Blacks were systematically excluded from positions that involved coming in contact with foreign tourists (where they could earn tips in hard currencies), they were relegated to poor housing, complained of the longest waits for healthcare, were excluded from managerial positions, received the lowest remittances from relatives abroad, and were five times more likely to be imprisoned. ”

    http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=7b4ef8e52790034e043a37d170243f0f

  25. Decades of friendship, commerce and complicity with the brutal Castro dictatorship seem to be really paying off for Canada.

    From The Toronto Star:

    Canadian entrepreneur jailed in Cuba two years still not charged

    Two years after his arrest and with no charges laid, a Canadian entrepreneur remains imprisoned in Cuba — a situation his Member of Parliament says is worrying and could impact the international business community working on the island.

    Peter Kent recently visited Cy Tokmakjian in Cuba’s La Condesa prison, where the 73-year-old is being held.

    “After two years without charges we would respectfully and on the basis of the long relationship between Canada and Cuba — we don’t always agree, but we tend to work on our differences, whatever they are — it’s time to move ahead and get this case resolved in a timely fashion,” said Kent, who represents Thornhill, Tokmakjian’s hometown.

    “We don’t want to interfere at all in the justice process, but we do believe the rule of law should be respected.”

    Tokmakjian, founder of the Tokmakjian Group transportation firm, which operates in Canada, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, was arrested by Cuban authorities in September 2011. His company was one of the largest foreign operations in the country.

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